A Christmas Message from Fox Creek Christian Church

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Mark Wells, lead minister from Fox Creek Christian Church, sent in this moving article about looking at the true meaning of Christmas and how the community has come together to help one another:

Everyone from the original Andy Williams to Garth Brooks and even the A Cappella group Pentatonix has sang about the most wonderful time of the year.  I’ll have to admit as a lover of the cold crisp December air, snow (which we’re definitely lacking so far this year), Christmas decorations and all of those delicious Christmas treats, I totally agree that this is the most wonderful time of the year.   But it’s not just all of the Christmas goodies that make it so.  There’s really something special about living in a small tight knit community like Lawrenceburg during the holidays.  At least five times this past week I’ve been told Merry Christmas by a customer service representative in one of our retail or eating establishments.  I had the opportunity to eavesdrop and watch two of our county Sheriff’s deputies brighten a kid’s Christmas through the amazing “Shop With A Cop” program.  Now I’m sure they already know, or Sheriff Troy Young wouldn’t have worked so hard to keep the program going for the past eight years, but “Shop With A Cop” does so much more than just give kids in Anderson County a few Christmas presents.  This great program and those giving of their time and money helps restore a little bit of hope in our kids and even in the parents of those kids.  Psalm 9:18 reminds us that, “God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.” Since Christ returned to heaven we have been called to be His hands and feet in this physical world.  And God uses people to help care for those in need and to help restore hope to the hopeless.  What an amazing opportunity our local law enforcement officers and our supporting community has to be His hands and feet and help restore a little bit of hope that people have in God and in our fellow man.  Because of that, perhaps some of those children that lacked hope will grow up knowing that the men and women that put on that law enforcement uniform aren’t just out there to give people a hard time, but that they really do care about our people and our community and they are serving as hope givers.

I also had the wonderful opportunity this past weekend to announce during our church time the annual “Free Community Christmas Dinner” that’s held at the Open Hands Food Pantry on Christmas Day.  Several members of our community and from various churches come together each year to offer a full Christmas meal to those residents of Anderson County that have nowhere else to go or no one to spend Christmas day with.  For many of our neighbors Christmas isn’t the most wonderful time of the year.  Several people suffer from depression during this season and find the holidays to be almost unbearable.  Psychologists suggest that one of the best ways to fight off seasonal depression is to spend time with friends and family.  Realizing that not everyone is blessed with a large loving family or that some people may have lost a loved one and are feeling the sting of that loss or some are simply separated from their family during this time of year, it’s important for us as a community to extend a warm welcome to those looking for the Christmas joy.  Being a part of something so special as the “Free Community Christmas Dinner” lets us come together as a family with each other.  Sitting around a table, laughing, singing, and loving one another is a perfect way to celebrate community and a perfect way to Celebrate Christmas.

Consider this, many years ago a poor carpenter and a pregnant Jewish girl found themselves in a city where they didn’t know anyone.  They found themselves out in the cold in a desperate situation.  No one was there to take them in, no one was there to tend to their needs, no one was there to welcome their newborn son into the world except for a few sheep and cows.  I know that was the way God planned it.  It wasn’t by accident that it happened that way, it wasn’t by chance that Joseph and Mary and Jesus were alone on that first Christmas.  Jesus came in humility and in poverty so that He could identify with the poorest and the loneliest and the weakest among us.

Jesus the King of Kings, the Creator of all the Universe could have been and deserved to be born in the most luxurious palace known to man.  He could have been and deserved to be attended to by kings and queens, princes and princesses. He could have been and deserved to be wrapped in the finest silks but instead, He chose the path of humility and lowliness and simplicity so that poorest and the loneliest and the weakest among us could say like Matthew 1:23, this is “Immanuel which means God with us.”

As the department stores and malls seem to continually inch their way a bit earlier into the calendar each year with their Christmas decorations and special Christmas sales.  With “Black Friday” getting closer and closer to the Fourth of July and our Christmas bills pushing their way into summer, we’ve really forgotten the point of Christmas.  I believe Dr. Seuss made a terrifically profound statement in his classic story How The Grinch Stole Christmas when he said “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”  It took a while, but the Grinch got it.  Christmas is about so much more than ribbons and tags and packages and boxes and bags, it really is about faith and hope and love.  It really is about faith that Jesus was God’s gift to the human race.  It really is about hope in God’s love for us, 1 John 4:10 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” And it really is about what we are supposed to do with that love, 1 John 4:11 “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  Merry CHRISTmas!

Written by Mark Wells, Lead Minister at Fox Creek Christian Church.mark

Mark grew up at Fox Creek and has served on staff at Fox Creek Christian Church since January of 2010. Mark graduated from Kentucky State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is working on his Masters Degree in Theology. Mark is married to his wife, Shanda and together they have 2 children Mickenzie and Hunter. You can email Mark at Mark@foxcreekchristian.com.

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