A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine at church asked me if I would be willing to become a greeter as people come into the church. I said yes and didn’t realize that they had to do a background check before I could stand outside and say, “Good morning and welcome to Plum Creek Church.” I have never had a background check and began to imagine what they might investigate regarding my background. My numerous driving tickets (I haven’t gotten one for years, but in my earlier life I did have a lead foot). Find out things that I had no memory of. I filled out the form on the computer and waited for the results. I PASSED.
My first service where I greeted was at one of the seven Christmas Eve services. It was so fun wishing seniors, men and women, teenagers and little children a Merry Christmas and a warm welcome to our church. Two of my friends were working with me at one of the doors and wanted us to dress up in similar attire.
It was a real joy to greet those who were coming to our church to celebrate the birth of our lord and savior Jesus Christ. The highlight of the night came when a family came with a mother, father, a 10 year old boy and a little 2 year old long brown haired girl. I got down to her eye level and wished her a Merry Christmas and commented on her pretty dress. She let go of her mom’s hand and spread her arms wide as she took two steps toward me to give me a big hug. My heart melted as her heart was open to giving and receiving love.
As we take this journey at Christmas to celebrate the birth of Christ, He has his arms wide open wanting to give us a big hug and welcome us into His family. It only takes an open heart like the little girl had to start a relationship with Him. He’s waiting for our response.
I’m sending you a big hug, Jim. Merry Christmas and blessings to you and Nadine.