By December 6, 2015 9 Comments

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I love the Christmas season!

I’ve only been doing the pastor thing for 36 years and I can’t speak for every pastor’s experience but my experience with Christmastime has been rich.

5 Reasons I Love Christmastime

1. The sounds of Christmas are glorious!

How can you beat, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” or “Joy to The World” as calls to worship and devotion? Bring on the 24-hour-Christmas–music radio stations.

Christmas carols are singable – even for those who can’t hold a tune. Most everybody knows at least the first verse from a dozen carols. The music is majestic and the lyrics are hallmarked by expectation, joy, faith and wonder.

I get to work with some of the best choir directors at Christmas, like Sean Morton at North Pointe and Emmanuel Fonte of the Singing Christmas Tree.

2. Christmas and kids make an inspirational combination.

I love our kids at North Pointe. Christmas is a great opportunity for children to deliver a profound message that adults can appreciate. I had a front row seat for all three performances of “Back to the Manger” on December 6th as our kids sang, acted and bee-bopped their way through the meaning of Christmas. What a fun presentation!

Looking at their joyous faces and the effort they put out to get their lines and notes right makes me happy. Thanks Pastor Charity and CM team for helping kids tell the story of Christmas.North Pointe Hannah Dec 65

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3. Volunteerism amps up at Christmas.

Think of all the people who volunteer, especially because it’s Christmastime. All ages and stages of faith get involved to sing in choirs, serve hot chocolate, pack Christmas baskets or Samaritan Purse shoeboxes and make sweets to share.

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettles, 630CHED’s Santas Anonymous, The Festival of Trees and of all the free turkey dinners served to the homeless, to name a few efforts, are driven by volunteers.

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4. Tis the season to care.

Christians care all year round and especially at Christmas.  People donate gifts and money to be given away anonymously at Christmas to families in need.

One family who was a recipient of anonymous generosity said, “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We are so sincere in our gratitude to you and everyone that does this for families. It brings tears to my eyes how much people care and do.”2015-12-03 20.56.05

5. Christmas brings hope even in grief.

As a pastor I know too well that blue can be the color of Christmas.

Almost every year of my ministry I have officiated a funeral around Christmas time. My mom unexpectedly passed away six days before Christmas. I remember our family driving by houses brilliantly shining with Christmas lights where people were celebrating while we were grieving.

As much as her death hurt, there was help in the hope that she had passed from life to death to life again because of Christmas. Jesus was born to be the Savior. He was my mom’s Savior.Christmas 2015hope

I love Christmas because “God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, Jesus.”

APPLICATION: What do you love most about the Christmas season? Please leave a comment below.

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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