Yesterday (Sunday) I wrote an article that I almost posted but something told me not to. I was getting the feeling that I should wait and so I did.
When I write an article I want to write it out of love with a message of hope and inspiration for both me and my readers. The article I wrote Sunday was written out of frustration. The title of the article I wrote was “Are We Losing Christmas?”
I have been getting more and more frustrated because everywhere I turn Christmas seems to be taking a back seat to some company trying to sell us something or some group of people trying to take the word Christmas out of our vocabulary. Christmas trees have become holiday trees. TV ads tell you that you can’t have a Merry Christmas unless you buy whatever it is that they are selling. And most of the stores that want your money from you at Christmas time won’t even use the word Christmas anymore. There is no more Merry Christmas – now it’s only happy holidays.
For the past couple of years, even though I do celebrate Christmas and the reason for it (the birth of Jesus), I have not really felt like I have had the Christmas spirit at all. The season comes and goes and I haven’t really felt the warmth of the joy that I used to – I used to love the Christmas season.
That was until last night.
Last night a friend of ours invited us to go to a Christmas show at The First Baptist Church in Naples Florida. The show was called ‘The Living Christmas Trees proudly presents The Christmas Post.” I had no idea what to expect. I hate to admit it but I just thought it would be another Christmas show put on by a local church.
Just a Christmas show!! I was blown away! I would have thought I was at a Broadway show in New York City. I have seen a few really high quality Christmas shows in the past but this was unbelievable. I always thought that Disney’s Candlelight Processional was a great one but this one knocked it out of the park.
The music, singing, costumes, and sets were amazing and the message of hope and faith was truly inspiring and brought me right back to the spirit of the Christmas season. It was one of the most beautiful shows I have ever seen. It brought tears to my eyes.
The cast and crew must have been nearly 300 people. The amazing thing is that this was a show the cast and crew of which was comprised entirely of the congregation’s members.
Although this is the first time I had seen a show like this, I understand that churches around the country put on similar performances this time of the year. If you have the opportunity to see one I would highly recommend it. If you happen to be in the Naples, Florida area and can get tickets, you need to see this one.
Many people have written to me telling me that something that I have written has touched them the right way at the right time. They say that God knows the right time to give them the message they needed right at that moment.
Well, for me, God brought me to see this show at just the right time. Having written the article that I did, He knew how I was feeling. Like I said, something told me not to post that article. It must have been because He knew he was going to help me find the Christmas spirit again – and that He did.
Thank you First Baptist Church Naples and thank you God.