And……………..a messy kitchen
Each year leads to Christmas.
Month after month, it leads to Christmas.
January, February, March, April…we wait for December. Somewhere around July we think…6 months until Christmas. And October rolls in with pumpkins and leaves we think…it’s almost here…where did the year go…it’s just about Christmas. And you blink…December.
Last year we started the tradition of a Faithfully Fit Christmas Gathering. Not a party. Not a meal. Not a gift exchange. A gathering. A time filled with love and purpose. Bring glory to the Lord. Fill our hearts with His word. Share the JOY of Christmas. And this year the tradition continues.
We pray and plan for all that God has in store. It is always more than we imagine. Because that is God. He is more than we can imagine. More than we can ask.
Months before we set the date. Months before we make the plans. The unique thing about this year…it’s moments before that God gives the message and then moment after moment He answers prayers faithfully! He is so good.
The atmosphere is set to draw the senses to the Savior. Prepare a place. A place for others to enjoy, but more importantly, a place for God to enter. A place for God to radiate His love to his children. A place for others to see and feel the Joy of Christ. We pray the words of the angel who spoke to Mary many years ago…let the Holy Spirit come upon us and let the power of the Most High overshadow us.
After much prayer we open the doors and we wait for the Lord to answer…because He will. We pray for a sister struggling with depression to come…she turns down the invitation…at first…then calls later to say, “what time”. We pray for a car…a family in need…hours later, it is provided. We pray for a daughter and trust in His care. We pray for a business having technical difficulty, later, we find that moments after that prayer all systems were restored. We pray. He answers. We make a dwelling place and He dwells. Faithfully. He dwells.
God with us. No truer three words.
The door greets…we wait. One by one the rooms are filled with cheer and laughter. The kitchen is bubbling….