This is our twenty fourth Christmas in Camden, and let me tell you, small town Christmases are wonderful. Every small town has it's George Bailey's and Mr. Potters, and that is what makes it so unique and special. Pastoring a Church in this Village of Camden, Ohio was something I didn't have on my life's radar growing up and being young married in Dayton. There are so many things to love about our imperfect small town that far out weigh the negative that some see or want to focus on. We are so blessed that God called us here.
I love the fact that we decorate the church inside and out to go along with the festive lights and decorations in town. I love the fact that we still carol and return to warm building for sloppy joes and hot chocolate. I love the fact that we still give treat bags that resemble the ones we received as kids growing up. I love to preach Christmas series at Christmas time. I love to lead a church that has a giving heart and does not hesitate to help those in need. I love getting here early on Christmas Eve for a brief Candle Light Service that will pack the folks and families in to celebrate the birth of the Savior. Christmas is a special time, and it should be. Jesus was born in a small town that some would view as insignificant. If he chose Bethlehem, what makes us think that He could not continue a great work or do a new thing right here where we are.
We may be small but the Church of God is never insignificant. We have the Word of God, and the Spirit of God. Let's give our all for the Lord this Christmas and the New year!