Christmas Eve 2019
Have you ever heard the old Christmas hymn, "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus"? If you haven't, it might seem strange upon first listen that it fits within the same repertoire as, "Joy to the World" or "Go Tell It On The Mountain." It often sounds a little too melancholy for a season that is marked with sleigh bells ringing and children's choirs singing. At the end of the first stanza is the peculiar and yet relatable line, "joy of every longing heart."
Can one have joy and longing at the same time? The Christmas story seems to communicate both the joy of the "already" and the longing of the "not yet" when it comes to the healing of the world. In the incarnate Christ, we find the comfort of a God who is willing to enter into our longing hearts and fill them with joy everlasting. We hope you will join us this Christmas Eve in seeking and finding the joy that we were made for.