It warmed up enough for us to go to ‘The Town of Bethlehem’ … we were in the line for about 25 minutes. It was a lot of fun and a great beginning of our time together.
Once we got settled in to our cabins we met together for our first devotional! Audrey Hill brought the first devotional. With the Christmas story as the background she took us on a journey with the Wise Men.
Audrey – asked us, “What does Christmas generally mean to most people?” “Gifts” “new phone” “new game” “clothes” When we think about the Wise Men we usually think about them showing up and bringing gifts. But they brought more than gifts.
- Hope… Wise men gave us hope – everyone else viewed the birth it as an ordinary night – they had hope that there was something good amidst the darkness. We don’t think about our hope in him. They put their hope in the star – to see the Messiah –
- They gave God their time – took the time to seek him out. We don’t know how long it took them – it was most likely days, weeks… some say years. A lot of times we think – we give our time – we go to Bible School – we have Bible class – but they took significant time out of their lives to seek out the Messiah.
- They gave the gift of worship – They fell down and worshipped him. They took the time to let everything sink in and everything that he was – and worshipped him. Do we honestly worship him? To we take him for granted – they had the hope to follow – took time out of schedule to purse him… then actually worshipped wholeheartedly –
- The wise men gave material gifts. What gifts do we have that we can give him?
Christmas can bring ‘fun’ for some, but it can bring ‘frantic’ for others. For some the holidays are a rough time. When we’re going through a rough time… do we focus on Him? Worship him and let Him take control of our life?
Let’s be encouraged to take time out of our daily schedule – if we really seek him… pursue him… give him our time … bring him our worship …He is waiting with open arms.
We ended the devotional time with small groups… admitting what our personal struggles are that keep us from ‘seeking’ the King of Kings … giving Him our time… wholeheartedly worshiping Him…
The final thing we did as a group was a fast, furious game of … “Never… have I ever …. Intense.. and fun… teambuilding…
Half of the team will head out at 8:30 in the morning to Meals on Wheels and the other half will stay here and clean windows in their large meeting hall. Camp Buckner is really excited about us being able to serve them. After that we’ll head to Kingsland Nursing Care Center to decorate for Christmas and then sing Christmas Carols. We’ll go to the Trail of Lights… and then come back to came for debriefing and our 2nd Devotional.
We are reading Matthew 2:1-13 … Join us … let the story of the Wise Men challenge you!