One week. GIRLS!!!! One week til Christmas! One week! To quote Buddy the Elf, “SANTA – OMG – I KNOW HIM!!!!”
I’m super giggly about that because Elf is such a silly, silly movie! The one liners, the Christmas kitsch, the feel good singing at the end. Oh my goodness, it gets you in the mood, girls! I love it!
But do you know what I love the best (besides smiling, of course… 😉 )?
I love how Buddy the Elf can celebrate just about anything. From the world’s “best” cup of coffee, to ABC gum (Already Been Chewed …in case you didn’t already know that acronym…you’re welcome). Buddy has the gift of worship.
As we wrap up our Come Closer series of studying 12 spiritual disciplines, I love that we are ending on WORSHIP!!! Worship is like watching a football game and when your team scores a touchdown; your body cannot help but throw your arms in the air! It’s spontaneous clapping at the end of a symphony performance. It’s the tears of awe streaming down your face when you are welcoming a new baby (or even puppy, as the case may be…) into your world. (I’m such a sucker for the puppies – it isn’t even a joke. I LOVE them!)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! Love my Fry Guy!
Worship is essentially our response –authentically and organically – to the goodness of God in the moment in which we experience it. How do we react at a gorgeous sunset? The birth of a baby? Even the surprise of answered prayer, the awareness of provision we hadn’t noticed before or expected. It’s WORSHIP!!!
Worship is our soul acknowledging His presence. It’s us reacting to His action and influence around us.
And it’s often one of the hardest disciplines, too, because when your team is down and the game ends and you’re on the losing end, how can you seriously and honestly praise anyone?
I’ve been there, in my own way. If you are there right now, email me. I’ll pray for you, with you, and into you. Stick with us into the new year, because I promise we will be talking about concrete ways to build God into what you are experiencing.
But today, I’m asking that we all just take a minute or two considering worship as a form of celebration.
You guys know I love to put myself in Bible stories, especially ones where Jesus is the leading character. Which is pretty much every story in the gospels, so yeah. I have this tendency to play this supporting, behind the scenes kind of role in all my versions of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John right next to the main characters.
But here’s pretty much one of my faves. It’s Jesus’s very first miracle. It’s the very first story about Jesus as, like, a big boy. His ministry is just about to launch and somehow, someway, he and his mom and some other people have been invited to this wedding in the town of Cana. And about half way through the party, they run out of wine. OUT OF WINE. AT A WEDDING. WHAT?! Poor planners or something. But yet…
But yet. In the midst of the party and the food and the celebration, Mary, our Mother Mary, this brave momma of the Son of God, goes over to Jesus (because, you know it’s a wedding and they’re not at the same table because it just isn’t the way it’s done…), and, in my version, she has her hands on her hips and she has just a touch of an attitude, and she basically says, “Um. You need to do something about this. I know you’re trying to humble and behind the scenes and stuff like that right now. But these people are our friends, our people. And they are out of wine. AT A WEDDING. And that isn’t cool. So. Can you help us out?”
At first, like any young adult, he gives her an eye roll. Right? “Woman, what business is this of mine?” (He actually says that. TO HIS MOMMA. Look it up if you don’t believe me.) But then, like all mature-ish moms, she flippantly turns around, ups His eye roll, and confidently says to the servers, “Yeah. He’s got this. Do what he tells you to do and then fill ’em up.”
I think they went home that night and had the giggles and stayed up high fiving and hugging. They knew some pretty intense and awful stuff was coming. But that night? I think they celebrated. His very first public miracle was for the FUN of it. Celebration, girls. It’s a big, darn big, deal. And I LOVE it. Like SUPER LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Girls. We gotta celebrate when the opportunities present themselves. And here’s the even cooler thing: He’s present in all of it if we just take the time to look for Him. And THAT is what we’ve been discovering all semester. All these disciplines lead to this: our seeking and acknowledging of Him and His miracles – big and small – in our lives. We may not have always gotten them right or practiced them at all. But you know what? He saw us. He sees us. And He knows our heart. He knows we love Him, that we’re seeking Him, and that we honestly just want to come closer. And He’s celebrating with us today as we come closer to celebrating HIM at Christmas!
SO. I’m CRAZY glad you joined us on this journey. I am proud of you for reading and trying and questioning and trying again when things were new, uncomfortable, and even hard. And I cannot wait to tell you what’s coming in the New Year. But that’s a post for January, sweet friends. (Insert silly grin, giggles, hand clapping, and summersaults – because cartwheels are just too hard for this body…!)
In the meantime, here’s a little glimpse into where we are headed, which is even deeper into the disciplines we’ve been talking about this semester. You aren’t going to want to miss this, girls. It’s better than good…it’s GREAT!
I wish you and yours a very Merry and WONDERFUL Christmas and holiday break. We’ll be back here the first week of January to let you know what we are up to in 2018. 😉
Thank you, as always, for your trust, prayers, support, and love. I send all of that AND MORE back you way.
Peace, love, joy, and GRATITUDE!
PS – Check out what I got from some gals for Christmas… aren’t they the most clever sisters ever?!