"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life'". John 8:12
On the first Sunday of Advent, there were more than the normal activities happening during the Traditional Service here at JFUMC. Prior to the Service starting, everyone was given Chrismon ornaments to be placed on the Chrismon tree. The first candle was lit on the Advent wreath, we had a baptism, and we celebrated communion. Those additional activities on their own could have filled an hour of our time.
During Children's Time, Pastor Nathan had the children gather near the Chrismon tree. After explaining Hanging of the Green and presenting a short message, the lights on the Chrismon tree were illuminated. All of the children were very excited and looking in wonder at the lights. One child in particular, Walker Hejny, turned around assumably looking at this family. The look on his face was epic. He gasped, his mouth was open wide and his eyes were the size of saucers. He was truly awestruck and amazed at the lights and ornaments on the tree.
You see, Walker was excited and awestruck even though we had so much going on that Sunday. The innocence of a child didn't realize we would be sitting in the pews a bit longer than normal. There was much more to go.
The reason I tell this story is to emphasize the importance of remembering the Light of our Lord and Savior, especially during this season. We are in a season of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the second coming. We will all be busy during this season meeting family and friends and work obligations, as well as supporting our Church.
During this time of celebration, I pray that each of us can view this time just as Walker Hejny viewed the Chrismon tree; one of innocence and wonder, remaining focused on the reason for the season: The Light of the world, the Light of life.