Christmas is finally just around the corner (how long have Christmas displays been up in retail stores and how many times have I heard the song “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?” Answer: too long and too many!).
Speaking of Christmas, one of my favorite holiday movies to watch is Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. In the film, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) goes through a financial crisis brought about by the forgetfulness of his uncle. Facing probable scandal and prison, George prepares to jump from a bridge into the dark, frigid waters below. Just as he is ready to jump, his guardian angel, Clarence, beats him too it. George’s heart for others kicks into gear and he dives headfirst into the river to save this stranger. This begins a journey in which Clarence takes George to see what life would be like in George’s home town of Bedford Falls if George had never been born. The move is very creatively written and filmed!
The lesson George learns as a result of Clarence’s help is summed up in a written note left for him by Clarence. The note reads, “No man is a failure who has friends.”
Think about these words. Our lives are richer because of the friends that are in it (and I am not talking about the hundreds of Facebook “friends” you might have). I would hope you have certain friends in your life that you could count on no matter how great the storm you are facing. Friends you know you could call in the middle of the night and they would be there for you.
Here at Grace Church we strive to build these kind of friendships. Yet we realize even the best of human friendships can fail. But there is a true friend who will always without exception stick closer to us than a brother. His name is Jesus! We would love to have the privilege of introducing him to you (if you do know know him already). I invite you to join us either at 9:00 or 10:30 any Sunday morning. No special attire is required. No expertise in the Bible needed. Just come as you are. You will be welcome here.