Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Erica Vetsch | Spread the Christmas Joy

One of my favorite Christmas memories is thinking back on all those church Christmas programs we were part of as children. Saturday practices, getting assigned your part, the new holiday dress and the costume that went over it, and trying to find your parents in the audience when it was your turn to go on stage.

Our programs were never very grand, a small re-enactment of a portion of the Christmas story, some Christmas carols, simple decorations and cardboard props. But it wasn’t about the production, it was about the content and the people.

You see, the reason I love these memories is not because any of us had aspirations to be great actors or singers or to stand in the spotlight, but because of the feeling it gave us kids of being an important part of the church body. With the help of Mrs. Bassett, who always directed the children’s program, and our church pianist, Dorothy Shogran, the kids assembled to perform a ministry that the adults in the church couldn’t do. Grown-ups couldn’t put on the children’s play. It taught us early on that we were important in the church body, that we had a ministry and a role to play in the edification of our local fellowship. For one evening, the adults deferred to the kids to deliver the message and music. It was something to look forward to each year.

And of course, there was the bag of candy every child received after the program was over. J

Ephesians 4:15-16 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

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Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves history and romance, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever she’s not immersed in fictional worlds, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul-mate, and avid museum patron.

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