|A gift from one of our carolers one year|
Each year, I would labor in love over the food and drinks we would all share after the caroling. Each year, I would pray! My desire was for each person who came to be blessed and for our neighborhood as well. We would be going out and proclaiming the truth of the gospel into the air around our home. We would meet new neighbors, we would see needs, we would share our lives and beliefs with those around us.
Each year, God answered my prayers. The house always got clean, decorated and all the food prepared. The people God ordained to come would arrive. The weather would always clear...there has never been a year that it was too cold or wet. Each year, God would bless us all with stories to tell as we came back to the house for fellowship.
|Our first caroling party in our new home in 1998|
2) As on cue, we rang the door bell and the hostess came to the door. She laughed out loud as she encouraged her Christmas guests to come to the door for our singing...as we left she told us how it made their party and looked like she had had it all arranged.
3) A retired couple opened their doors to our singing voices one year...they became life-long friends to our children.
4) One year, a couple came whom we had never met. They were friends of one of our children. As the lady walked through the house holding our newest baby, (the one I had just had at age 45), God gave her and her husband confirmation to have another child. She would explain at her baby's shower how our family was one of the confirmations that they were to have another child...she received it at our caroling party.
5) Each year we have warm memories and have been able to revive the lost tradition of caroling.
We have never had carolers come to our home, nor have I been able to have a caroling party every year since its conception. Life happened and struggles robbed us of this joy, but this year, after a three year break...our caroling party returns. I have reluctantly asked for guests to bring a favorite dish to share...and I hope this isn't too burdensome during the busy holidays. I once again have begun to pray over our party this year... for our new neighborhood and new opportunities for Christ to touch lives through our singing praises to Him!
I wish you were close and could come join us as we sing "Glory in the Highest, Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men!" Blessings to you and yours!!