It’s Time to Fold Bulletins

How are you remembering Advent—Christ’s coming into the world—this Christmas season? Every day during the month of December, join us here to learn a little about the songs of Christmas. Follow along with us as we experience The First Songs of Christmas by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, and open the door to wonder.

We love the familiar. It’s probably why we sit in the same church pew week after week and order the same dish at the same restaurant every time we go out to dinner. And why, when we feel the pull of the Holy Spirit to go outside our comfort zone (and I’m not talking about choosing Italian over Mexican for supper), not many of us are quick to say “yes.”

In today’s devotional reading, Nancy takes a peek inside Song of Solomon, recounting a story about a king who chooses not to marry a woman of pedigree but instead, a humble servant.

[God] shook this young girl’s world one day, and everything changed. From that point forward, she said “all generations will call me blessed.” And we, as members of one of those future generations more than two thousand years hence, can all attest to the accuracy of that statement. Her relationship with Jesus gave her life genuine significance.

God did what the girl thought would never happen. He chose her to go outside of what she knew to do something that would glorify Him. “When you think of yourself and your prospects for making much of a difference in the world,” Nancy writes, “you may see only a plain, simple person without a lot of skills or promise or distinguishing characteristics. Nothing special. . . . Having a relationship with the God of heaven makes any life extraordinary—and is all that makes a life extraordinary.”

Mary’s song echoes that which is recorded in the Song of Solomon. She went from being an ordinary young woman to the mother of the Savior. She says, “He has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:48).

A Call to Serve

There are many ways we serve in our homes, churches, and communities. But sometimes we think that if something isn’t in our wheelhouse, we can’t do it. So here’s a challenge for today: Find a way to serve your church in a way you never have.

Yes, it might be strange or uncomfortable, but someone in the church who does that job will love to have a helping hand. Maybe you could volunteer to take a Sunday in the nursery for someone who would like to spend a Christmastime Sunday service with their family. Perhaps, if you attend a small church, help the volunteer who cleans the church with his or her duties before the big Christmas service. Maybe you can help the church secretary fold bulletins or the music director type the slide show for the kids’ Christmas program.

There are many ways to get involved when we believe God will use our available hearts. Where will you serve this season?

About the Author

Jessica Drews

Jessica Drews

Jessica Drews is a pastor's wife and preschool aide. She also serves as the women's ministry director and an elementary Sunday school teacher at the Midwest church her husband pastors. She loves reading a good book on a rainy day with a cup of coffee and her husband and cat by her side.

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