Alice Mortensen wrote these lines …
“Ready for Christmas,” she said with a sigh,
as she gave a last touch to the gifts piled high.
Then wearily sat for a moment and read,
’til soon, very soon, she was nodding her head.
Then quietly spoke a voice in her dream:
“Ready for Christmas? What do you mean?
Ready for Christmas, when only last week,
you wouldn’t acknowledge your friend on the street!”
“Ready for Christmas, while holding a grudge?
Perhaps you had better let God be the judge.
Why, how can the Christ-child come and abide,
in a heart that is selfish and all filled with pride?
Ready for Christmas! When only today,
a beggar lad came and you turned him away.
Without even a smile to show that you cared!
The little he asked – it could’ve been spared.”
“Ready for Christmas! You’ve worked hard, it’s true.
But just doing the things you wanted to do.
Ready for Christmas? Your circle’s too small.
Why, you are not ready for Christmas at all!”
She awoke with a start and a cry of despair,
“There’s so little time, and I’ve still got to prepare!
Oh, Father, forgive me, I see what you mean.
To be ready means more than just a house swept clean!”
Yes more than the giving of gifts and a tree,
it’s the heart swept clean that He wants to see.
A heart that is free from all bitterness and sin.
Ready for Christmas – and ready for Him.
This will be our family’s 25th Christmas at Crossroads and in just a matter of hours, we will be having the greatest CHRISTMAS celebration in our church’s history. Thousands are planning on coming to our three Christmas Eve services. The first two are full and only a handful of tickets remain for our 7:00 p.m. service. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, please call the office (817.557.2277) or come by and get them now, so you can be a part of this incredible Christmas celebration.
Please come early to get a good seat, since seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. We will have additional seating available for several hundred more in our Grand Hall. Also, I want you to be here for the first number. Everyone will be talking about it for a long time.
There are a lot of people who want to worship CHRIST, the Lord on the day we celebrate His birth.
I also hope you're bringing a generous love offering for our annual Christmas Love Offering for JESUS. (If you're out of town, you can still be a part of this year’s love offering by giving online or dropping it off at the office before you leave.)
CHRISTMAS DAY we’re having ONE GIANT SERVICE at 10:00 a.m. It will be completely different from our Christmas Eve services and will be our final worship service this year. It may be the best service of the year with incredible Christmas music (the best of the season, including a Southern Gospel quartet and another incredible video), the final message in The Wonder of Christmas series, “WHAT NOW?” and our annual Year-In-Review movie.
It could be HUGE, too, because there are a lot of people who want to worship CHRIST, the Lord on the day we celebrate His birth. And, there are a number of churches in our area who are closed on Christmas Day. So, we may have a lot of guests. If you’re in town, I hope you’ll join us and bring every member of your family and invite your friends.
Hopefully, we are ready for Christmas! I am so thankful for the great staff and hundreds of faithful volunteers God has blessed us with to help us all enjoy such a magnificent celebration of the birth of Christ this weekend. Pray for people to come to know Christ as Lord and Savior at every service. Pray for the unchurched that, once they come, they’ll want to make Crossroads their “church home.”
From our house to your house, MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hope to see you in God’s House this weekend!
Barry, Janis, Katie, Kelli, Matt, Lindley, Will & Levi
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.