I've Got Spirit, Yes I DO!

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Last night I went with my friends T and M to a church service in a barn. It was the whole "recreate Jesus' birth" kind of thing. It was pitch dark except for one small lantern in front of the pastor. We started with some prayers, he read Luke's account of the Christmas Story from the Bible, stopping along the way to explain some things and to sing some carols in between verses. Then we had communion. It's been a long, long time since I took communion. And somehow, doing it in that casual kind of venue in the dark with strangers was just what I needed. We ended it with singing Silent Night while holding hands.

I had to admit after it was done that I had not gotten into any sort of the Christmas Spirit. But this? It helped. It pulled it all together for me, reminded me of why I choose to celebrate Christmas in a non-stuffy, non-traditional way. It was beautiful. So very beautiful.

And then we went to see THIS! Yes, it's in South Dakota. You're all jealous. I know.

And if someone knows how to actually get the youtube video on this page without a link, let me know. I'd love to have it right here.

9 comments:

saratogajean said...

It's crazy how immune you can get to the typical Christmas traditions.

Then, out of the blue, something hits you just right and you are there.

I'm still waiting for my 'oh yeah, it's Christmas' moment this year.

BrianAlt said...

Bah! I can't see it. I'm at work. YouTube is a nono.

On Saturday night I went to see The Dan Band. FUNNY!!! Look that up on YouTube!

Malaise Inc said...

To add the video into your post, go to the upper right hand side of the youtube page and copy the text in the Embed box and paste into the body of your post.

Kate said...

It still won't let me, Malaise. I'll keep trying....

melissalion said...

I don't understand. Are those two houses lit up and they the lights do that thing? I'm sorry, I'm an only child from a single parent household in Southern Californian. Holidays are new.

Kate said...

The house at the top? The dad that lives there programmed the lights on both houses to the music through a computer. Apparently it's quite complicated. I just sit back and enjoy it.

Dingo said...

Do you think Mary ever said, "Jesus Christ! Were you born in a barn? Close that door!"

gkgirl said...

this sounds beautiful...
really and truly.

-Peder said...

Kate, copy the code from the 'embed' box. Then switch your post over to the HTML tab. Paste it in there. If you check the preview, you should see the YouTube clip.