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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday Evening Post

Today, I am getting around to a posting kind of late. I almost just skipped today but after the day that I have had I just wanted to stop and reflect on the way that I have felt God's presence and to just say how great the hanging of the greens time at church was for me.

We sat up the manger in the snow. The plywood cutouts that we set up, I learned later in the evening from Freddie Key, where made fifty years ago and each of the members of the church had a hand in painting them. At the time he said there was just a few members, 12 or 14. It is amazing to think that these plywood figures of the Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the wise men, Shepherd, and animals are older than our building! Every year Dockery Chapel has placed this same scene out for everyone to look at as they drive by and know that "for unto us a child is born, a Savior is given." For fifty years they have held up through the snow, rain, and cold. It was a blessing to be a part of setting them out again.

The time that we spent making crafts, the singing of carols ,and Richard telling the story to all of us kids was a wonderful way to begin this season. Tonight, it just felt like I got to be a part of a family tradition that was bigger than the family that gathered for it. It was a wonderful blessing to hang the greens. Next year if you get the chance don't miss it.

In Christ's Love and mine,
Doug

1 comment:

Tammyb said...

The "Hanging of the Greens" was beyond words last night. The snow was falling, people were laughing and singing and decorating, the children and adults were making Christmas ornaments and the sanctuary looked beautiful and very regal for our KING - JESUS! And to drive off and look back at the beautiful Nativity - aahh - God moment.