"This is all your fault, well, you and J.B*," New Pastor at New Church said to me on Christmas Eve.
I looked around the room, at the 75 or so people mingling and laughing, hugging and reconnecting. I looked around the room with the multiple Christmas trees, twinkling lights, the angels and wreaths, the candles and the kids attempting to keep their candle lit as long as possible. The music we had sung, the scripture that was read, the message of enjoying the presents and the presence (of Jesus), the story time with kids gathered listening eagerly and the sounds of children being children throughout the service filtered back through my mind.
I thought back to the day we were decorating the church for the Christmas season, with college students in abundance clearly enjoying putting up trees and decorations, when Yo Momma came up to me and said "New Pastor isn't sure if we will have a Christmas Eve service this year." I thought back to my immediate reaction "What? Why? I will lead the music if that's the problem." Low attendance the year before was one of the reasons. "That's not a good enough reason for me." I said. I approached New Pastor moments later and said "I will be happy to lead music for the Christmas Eve service if the usual people don't want to." I got an email that following Tuesday...Christmas Eve was on.
I thought back to all those things, to Yo Momma and I leading in Christmas Carols of joy as we had done together so often in the past, looked at New Pastor and smiled, "I'm okay with this being my fault. I gladly take responsibility."
*Giving credit where credit is due, J.B. came up to Yo Momma after the service and thanked her for helping to lead the music and encouraging New Pastor to have the Christmas Eve service. She's an instigator!