My wife, Ingrid, and I were talking yesterday about how we might keep Christmas simple this year in order to focus on the things that really matter. (This, by the way, is a conversation we have every year, and sometimes it actually makes a difference!) The thing about festivals and holidays is that you have to be intentional about focussing on meaning and avoiding distraction. It doesn’t happen automatically.
My ideal December includes:
THURSDAY NIGHT – INTERNATIONAL CENTER OPEN FORUM
I am really looking forward to drawing out the stories of our 20 guests from 18 different countries for the Elmbrook Church International Center tomorrow night (Thursday )from 6:30-8pm. If you’re in the area, c’mon over to the Chapel. Expand your world–grow your heart! These people have amazing stories. (They are from Argentina, Brazil, Kenya, Romania, Germany, Northern Ireland, Nigeria, Vietnam, Peru, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Ethiopia, India, Guatemala, Spain, and Jordan.)