Monday Morning in North Georgia
December 4, 2006


     The camera zoomed in and the screen displayed two angels. One stood in proper posture with costume attractively in place. The other yawned with halo falling to the side. It was a children’s Christmas program that told the story we yearn to hear at this season and a little more.

     The pageant communicated the word that summarizes Advent —namely, “anticipation”. In Webster’s words, it is “the act of looking forward” or “the visualization of a future event or state”. Wikipedia refers to it as “an emotion involving pleasure in considering some expected or longed-for good event or irritation at having to wait.”
     Without a doubt, these definitions find expression in the congregation at Roswell and where you worship during these weeks before Christmas. Surely, there is expectation, a degree of foreknowledge, and some intuition. The foretaste of what is to come finds us pondering our impressions of past celebrations and exhibiting huge smiles (or remembering colossal disappointments). Indeed, this forethought may leave us tired and a little weary as we participate in the preparations and related events.
     We are getting ready to receive again the best news the world has ever received. The message of hope is welcomed! “Where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.”
     Large doses of “anticipation” and “pleasure” stirred together result in “excitement”. I pray that a proper mixture of these ingredients in all our churches will carry us toward Christmas and a fresh experience of the Christ born anew in our hearts.

Ed Tomlinson

Santa Is Stuck in the Chimney
     Laura Petherbridge, divorce recovery expert and author, will speak in the Fellowship Hall of Birmingham Church in Alpharetta on Saturday, December 9, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. She will share practical insights in how to handle the holidays while going through separation or divorce.

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