Most mornings I leave the house with Abby to take her to the bus stop before heading into church. Before doing so I always get a big hug from Trent, and then a quick kiss on the check from Abby once the bus arrives. I’m not the most touchy-feely guy in the world, but I’ve come to cherish those quick moments of affection with my kids.
Touch is one of the most powerful communication tools that God has given to us. Even momentary or incidental contact with someone you care about strengthens your bond with them because it sends a message of affirmation, comfort, love, and/or security.
The Bible speaks often to the power of tender touch. Jacob gently laid his hands on his grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh to give them his blessing. The people of Israel laid hands on the Levites as they were set apart for priestly duties. Jesus, of course, was the master of communicating love through touch. Mark 1:31 tells us that “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man…Immediately the leprosy left him and cured him.” Mark 10:16 says that “…he took the children into his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them.
This Christmas season, give the gift of tender touch to your family. Make sure that your spouse and your kids are receiving tender touches from you on a daily basis. Your relationships with them will grow and flourish because of it, and it will be just what they wanted!
Here’s what’s happening…
1. We are still in need of some food donations for the Community Christmas Meal, especially turkeys. Trays of cooked turkey are preferred, but donations of thawed turkeys are accepted as well. This is really the last Sunday to sign up, so please do so. Food donations should be dropped off at the church by Thursday, December 20th. See Elaine Quigley with any questions.
2. We are collecting winter coats to donate to CVCCS. Collection runs throughout December. Boxes to place your donations in are in the side stairwell leading to the lower level of the church.
3. 12/23 – The Christian Adventure Class is hosting a special kids Christmas program during both Sunday School and Worship Service in the fellowship hall.
4. 12/24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 pm.
5. 12/30 – Jesse North, Area Director for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, will give the message.
6. 1/27 – Annual Congregational Meeting
7. Winter weather has set in. If we need to make a change to our schedule, we will do so through the phone and email chains, on our Facebook page and website, through smoke signals, by carrier pigeon and through the pony express. I am hoping to NEVER have to do this…but all the weather folks are saying that we are in for a very “wintry” winter, so we will see.
This week we continue our Christmas sermon series, titled “Three Wise Women.” Our wise woman for this Sunday is Ruth, or as she is often always called in the Bible, Ruth the Moabitess. If you know of someone who is struggling with difficult circumstances in their life this Christmas season, please invite them to join us at Ebenezer this week.