November 29, 2018
It’s Christmas at Cathedral!
We just LOVE this season and celebrating the birth of Jesus together. Get ready for something special each Sunday this entire month! I can’t wait for you to experience what our worship team has planned for this Sunday! It’s truly going to be a gift.
What would make this your best Christmas ever?
If I had to venture a guess, I could come up with a laundry list of areas in which you might like to see some changes – finances, health, marriage, kids, family, friendships, workplace issues, and more. Do any of these things resonate with you? Anywhere you need a little more hope?
What if I could give you one thing that would totally shift this Christmas for you?
There’s a great story about perspective in the Old Testament book of 2 Kings. The prophet Elijah and his apprentice Elisha were right in the midst of a massive battle. From all appearances, it seemed that they were on the losing side; but Elijah knew something that Elisha didn’t.
When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.
“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
To Elisha, the opposition seemed great and defeat inevitable, but the TRUTH was that victory was closer than he realized — UNTIL his eyes were opened. We, too, face incredible opposition, that clouds our vision and causes us to come to wrong conclusions and beliefs about life that steal our joy and contentment.
My big prayer for you, for all of us, this Christmas is two-fold:
1) That God would open our eyes and let us see — see with a fresh perspective, through the eyes of faith and trust in the One who promised that He came to give us abundant life (John 10:10). As John Eldredge says in Waking the Dead, “Things are not what they seem.”
2) That we would encounter God’s presence in such a miraculous way that this Christmas, and every day to come, will never be the same!
I can’t wait to see you on Sunday as we TAKE CHRISTMAS together! Be sure to invite someone to join you.
With great expectations,