• advent journal: the prophet smiled

    by  • December 24, 2012 • advent journal, hope, pilgrim ucc • 6 Comments

    Our Christmas Eve service, like many around the country, is a service of Lessons and Carols. It is also a family service, so there is the rumble of restless little ones underneath all the singing and silence. It’s awesome. This year, Ginger made a point of asking a number of our children and young people to be the readers. The first one was a second grader named Matthew who is an awesome kid. He also helped me get ready for the all-church dinner before the service. He stepped up on the special stand that made him tall enough to see over the lectern and, dressed in suit and tie, he read from Isaiah 9 in tones of kindness and innocence:

    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
    those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone . . .
    For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
    and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,
    Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,
    on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
    The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

    And then he looked up from the Bible and smiled. I mean teeth-showing-I-delivered-the-good-news smiled. I don’t even think I’ve thought about a prophet smiling. From now on, whenever I hear or read this passage, Isaiah’s going to be grinning through the whole thing. As he stepped down from the lectern, I turned to the person sitting next to me and said, “Now it’s Christmas.”

    It is indeed. Merry Christmas.




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    6 Responses to advent journal: the prophet smiled

    1. Ann Deupree
      December 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      The children were awesome in the service this evening. And so was the shepherd’s pie that Milty made for 120 people! Thanks, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

      • December 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        Merry Christmas to you, Ann. And please let John know he did an amazing job on “O, Holy Night.”


    2. Robert Danel
      December 25, 2012 at 5:53 am

      Sounds like a wonderful service and meal. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas !!!

      P.S. A friend of mine linked me up to your site and I’ve been enjoying it for several days now.

    3. December 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks. Merry Christmas.


    4. Debra Corkren
      December 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Glad I finally found your site now I can keep up . Enjoy all the news of my cousins in N.C.

    5. pastordt
      December 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      We heard the children beneath all the caroling and readings at our service, too. Seemed right, somehow. Thanks for these lovely posts this season, Milton. Truly, truly.

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