Dec4TueDecember 4, 2018
The 3 year olds through the 12th grade students are practicing diligently as they prepare to present an exciting Christmas musical called, “How the Grinch found the Christ in Christmas.” The youth will be performing this during our worship service on Sunday, December 16. The movie of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was recently remade, and just came out at the first part of November. In the movie the Grinch decides to steal Christmas presents, decorations, and food. He wants to spoil the fun and festivities for the residents of Whoville. As he stands outside his lair high upon an overhanging cliff on the mountainside, he looks down, and to his surprise he hears singing and rejoicing. He is puzzled by this behavior. Why aren’t they sad he wonders? Then he begins to realize that Christmas is more than decorations, gifts, and delicious food. The Grinch is so moved by the attitude of the people of Whoville that he finally begins to understand what Christmas is all about. It is about celebrating the one that God gave to us on a starry night, the baby Jesus, born in a manger, and sleeping on a bed of hay. In John 3:16 it says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God gave us the greatest gift of all, Jesus, our Savior, the light of the world. Jesus grew from a baby into a man. He was fully human and fully God. He walked this earth for 33 years, but never sinned (See Hebrews 4:15). The Grinch changed his heart, mind, and spirit the day the Who’s celebrated Christmas despite having everything taken away from them. The Grinch changed from being a grumpy, mean Grinch to being a nice, kind, and giving Grinch. He learned that life is not just about him, but about helping and caring for others. The Grinch started living all out the way he was supposed to. In Romans 12:1-2 it says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.” May our gift to God this Christmas, and throughout each day of the year be living all out God’s way everyday!
Merry Christmas everyone, Youth Man Matt