Ye-haw! We’re off to a party. Ours is not your typical party. There will be no alcohol, no hangovers the next day, no fights, no regrets. I don’t know if we’ll stay to see the new year in or not. We’ll see how long our stamina holds out.
No, we are going to have a chili celebration! It’s a cook-off, folks, and I hope our church gets lots of visitors to participate. We’ll start with a short devotion from the pastor, followed by the chili cook-off and lots of other good food. Then we’ll go back into the sanctuary for popcorn preaching. That’s where everyone who wants to participate draws a scripture out of a hat and preaches on that verse for five minutes.
We will have singing and laughter, good food, and great fellowship, praising and thanking our great God for another year of health and life, for the gift of salvation so we’ll only have to die once (the body will die but the soul will live forever with God and the Lord Jesus Christ; those who choose not to believe will die the second death as they spend all eternity dying in the torments of hell).
I’m already singing my theme song as sung by Rich Mullins twenty years ago: Our God is an Awesome God. He reigns from heaven above, with wisdom, power and love: Our God is an Awesome God.
May all of you have a safe night with no regrets tomorrow. Drive safely. If you drink please take a cab or call AAA to tow you and your vehicle home for free. Don’t ruin your holiday or anyone else’s. Take care of yourself. God sees you as a VIP.