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  • 4000 Highway 153, Greenville, SC
    4000 Highway 153, Greenville, SC

Do you remember your wonder at Christmas as a little child?

My mother loved to decorate for Christmas.  Once the tree was in place and covered with lights and ornaments, it was dark only at night when we slept.  I remember as a little girl getting up in the near-dark of early morning and creeping into the living room.  I would sit in the brown chair that had given up its spot to the tree, and I would lose myself in the multicolored lights, brilliantly reflected in the silver tinsel.

Those quiet moments of anticipation spoke to me of the heart of Christmas.  But as adults, we often forget to carve out those moments of peace and contemplation.  We get caught up in the frenzy of the season – of shopping and cooking and decorating and visiting – and we forget why we do all those things.  What would this Christmas look like if we were to slow down?  How would this Christmas be different if we allowed our childlike wonder at the lights, the carols, and the story to take the place of our lists and chores and obligations?

David Redding’s poem encourages us to remember that Christmas is not only for children.  Take his words to heart this season as you hear the story again – as though for the first time.  And may the light of that star shine deeply into your soul this Christmas.

“Adult Advent Announcement”

O Lord,
Let Advent begin again
In us,
Not merely in commercials;
For that first Christmas was not
Simply for children,
But for the
Wise and the strong.
It was
Crowded around that cradle,
With kings kneeling.
Speak to us
Who seek an adult seat this year.
Help us to realize,
As we fill stockings,
Christmas is mainly
For the old folks —
Bent backs
And tired eyes
Need relief and light
A little more.
No wonder
It was grown-ups
Who were the first
To notice
Such a star.
 

In Christ,

Terri

Providence Presbyterian Church
4000 Highway 153
Greenville, South Carolina 29611

 Phone: 864-605-1011
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