It is the last Monday of class as next Monday will mark the first day of final exams. For students, this is a season of heightened anticipation, a time of anxiously awaiting both the tests and the results. As the calendar turns to December, the anticipation that accompanies Christmas affects us all. During this “most wonderful time of the year,” there are family traditions and holiday experiences that we each eagerly await. Perhaps some of you are like me and think Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas if for some reason you miss seeing your favorite holiday movie (White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kay), listening for your favorite holiday song (“Angels among Us” and “White Christmas”), singing along to your favorite carol (“Silent Night”), wearing your ugly Christmas sweater (I’ll definitely be wearing mine), and joining your family in your own special traditions (we “camp out” under the Christmas tree on the eve of Christmas eve).
However, while these traditions are certainly to be enjoyed, they are not the things to be most greatly anticipated. During this first week of Advent, let us ponder anew the prophecy found in Micah 5:2: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Even in the midst of these busy and demanding days, may we not lose sight of the fulfillment of our greatest need: the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ.
Today Dr. Ronnie Barefield will lead us in worship during the chapel hour. On Thursday we will devote our attention to celebrating the coming of the Messiah during our annual Lessons and Carols program at 6:00 at Lowrey Memorial. For many, this special and beautiful service marks the beginning of the Christmas season. This event is open to the public; we hope you will join us in this celebration.
Prior to the Lessons and Carols service on Thursday evening, faculty, staff, and students are invited to Armstrong for the annual Christmas open house from 4:00 until 5:30.
Tonight our men will take on Freed-Hardeman at 7:00 in Tyler Gymnasium; they will face Morthland at 7:30 on Thursday. The women are on the road this week. Plan to come out tonight and Thursday to show our guys your support!
On Saturday Dr. Sharon Enzor’s mother went home to be with the Lord. Please keep Dr. Enzor and her family in your prayers.
I will be traveling this Saturday to Dallas and then on to Houston for the annual SACSCOC meeting. I will be returning Tuesday evening.
Blessings to all for a productive and focused final week of class!
Posted by Monday Messages on November 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM