Wednesday, December 24, 2008

i'm still here

OK....I haven't posted for 2 weeks. Most of you probably have given up on me. But, I've been busy. To give you a peek into my top 12 activities during the 12 Days of Christmas:

1. Raked leaves.

2. Wrote and delivered 4 sermons.

3. Hosted Christmas parties for friends and teenagers (not the same group....).

4. Started reading Religiously Transmitted Diseases. Lost interest. Started and almost finished The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience by Ron Sider. About to start reading Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by the same author.

5. Met with Faith Nibbs to talk about social justice and gather my Christmas reading list for research and study.

6. Worked on a new set of ministry brochures for Pantego Bible Church.

7. Walked with my wife.

8. Went bowling with my boys.

9. Watched Elf and The Grinch with my girls. Snuggled with my daughter for a late-night movie: Prince Caspian. Great film!

10. Enjoyed great evenings at the Mission Arlington Christmas Store and Oakcrest Church. Marveled at the generosity of folks at our church!

11. Wrangled with car repairs. Thanked God for my friend, Carl Deaton, who has come to my auto rescue on more than one occasion.

12. Put my Home Group community in danger with a Christmas gift exchange battle. Hysterical!

1 comment:

Suzy Finigan said...

Hmmm....impressive list there, David! When I noticed that you hadn't posted for 2 weeks, I was kind of hoping that you had taken your own advice/sermon to heart and had been cutting back to "recapture your joy". Guess not.:-) Or maybe you HAVE been listening to yourself and have cut your list from 99 to just 10!

This Christmas season, I am becoming increasingly aware of how HORRIBLE we as a society have made this most beautiful of times. From people being trampled to death at Wal-Mart to buying our kids so many toys that they get worn out opening them. At our home, we're going to re-think what Christmas should be. I'm thinking that we need to radically switch the emphasis to giving gifts to those who have nothing...to bringing food to those who are hungry...to praying quietly to our shepherd, Jesus, who came as a tiny baby to die for us. Now THAT is something to celebrate! God bless you and yours...may we cry with the sad, hurt with the hurting, love the unlovable, and touch the untouchable...for then we will begin to know Jesus' heart.