We all have fear of the future to varying degrees, and it affects our behavior, our relationships, our generosity and our ability to truly know the joy of life. The journey of Scrooge with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is harrowing. He tries to hide and run from it, but to no avail. It is only when he realizes that he has the power to change the destructive course he is on that his fear is transformed to joy. Like Scrooge, we can experience true transformation from death-like attitudes to a reawakening to life. No matter how far off course we might have gone, “we haven’t missed it!”
Today’s hands-on item, a photo card, reminds us to keep Christmas all year long. It also has our theme and key verse for 2023 worship.