I’d been there earlier in the day, but I’ll never forget the very first time I arrived at night to the Lott’s barn for An Old-Fashioned Christmas. It was wondrous! The smoking fire pots led the way and the huge stone barn appeared as I rounded the corner. It was adorned with beautiful Christmas lights and the lights inside seemed to call to me, “Come, celebrate! Jesus is here.” Yes, I can wax poetically with the best of them about that experience, but it’s true. Jerry and Glenda Lott’s barn is a wondrous and wonderful place to celebrate the birth of Jesus! I am so thankful for the Lott’s generous hospitality to share their barn with our church family.
This year’s celebration was special as always. Beautiful smiling ladies and girls filled the barn enjoying delicious cookies, popcorn and hot cocoa. Carols were sung and Pam Nelson helped us find out a few more particulars about our pastors’ wives. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pam’s new version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” will top the charts, certainly challenging the old stand-by.
To conclude our evening Julie Egy drew us to the Babe in the manger who occupies center stage in the nativity scenes in our homes. Julie reminded us, though, that this baby is the all-glorious, creator, redeemer, eternal God worthy of worship. Even the smallest of nativities takes on huge significance when we truly realize who this tiny babe is and why he came!
Come, celebrate! Jesus has come – and he’s coming again! If you missed it, you may listen to Julie’s Christmas devotional here.