Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 12/14/2023

Christmas songs seem to envelope us during the holiday season. There are iconic songs that we immediately connect with the season as soon as the first notes begin. The Christmas carols that remind us of the true meaning of the Christmas season help us to maintain the proper balance during the chaos of the season. And then there are those songs that we wish were never recorded; some are just silly and some remind us that for some people the Christmas season is not “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (thanks Andy Williams). Elvis brings us back to earth with the classic “Blue Christmas” reminding us that for some people the Christmas season is not filled with joy and happiness but with the pain of loss. John Denver, a favorite of mine from bygone years, recorded a Christmas song that reveals the pain many people live with on a daily basis that only seems to intensify during the holidays. The song title and first line of the song identifies the difficulty that exists for some people as they face the reality of their lives, “Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk this Christmas.” The next line in the song gives a clear indication of how influential such activity impacts our children; the line states: “I don’t want to see my mother cry.” The reality is that life continues with all its difficulties no matter the season.

I have been requesting during our prayer time in our Sunday corporate worship services for the congregation to ask God to reveal to them, to place on their heart & mind, someone who could use a little extra care and love during this Christmas season. I truly believe that God often uses His children to be the ones He works through to answer others prayers. In light of God the Father’s gift to mankind of the Eternal Son, shouldn’t we as recipients of this greatest gift minister to others in Jesus’ precious name?

Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you ask God to imprint on your mind & heart someone to whom you can minister to during this Christmas season. May you seek His wisdom to recognize how to tangibly serve as God’s hands & feet through your care.

May you recognize the amazing privilege God has granted us to serve as ambassadors of His love through our words and deeds. May you be a beacon of light for someone in their dark and dismal world.

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,


Pastor Mike

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