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            Pastor's Article Are you one of those people that can’t stand hearing Christmas songs months before the holiday actually arrives? A psychologist in Great Britain says too much Christmas music is actually bad for your mental health ... I knew it! I just knew it!!! Finally, finally "someone" agreed with me!

Hearing the same songs over and over each day make workers struggle to “tune it out” ... You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing.”

There I lay in bed one morning in the middle of November, waiting for the “oldies station” (that shall remain nameless) to prod me from my sleep. But, instead of the Beatles or CCR or Buddy Holly, here, in the middle of November - BEFORE Thanksgiving - I heard “Christmas music.”

Now, it is not that I am against Christmas music. I love Christmas music. In fact, it is one of my favorite times of the year with some of my favorite music. The message of what God has done in and through Jesus Christ is one that never grows old for me. So, Pastor Dave, what’s your problem? My problem is more of a concern or fear that when the “music” or the “season” comes too early or becomes too commercial, we will soon grow weary of listening. By the time Christmas arrives, we will no longer really pay attention to the wonderful message that the songs proclaim, we will find them to be just something else “to get through” and they will lose their ability to touch our lives with what is the most important message we ever need to hear – that of God’s love, grace, hope, redemption and new life.

Be assured, I will not do much when it comes to this whole “commercial Christmas thing” except to rant and rave … and to do my best to remind and challenge myself and you to remember that there is more to Christmas than presents, trees, food and music. Christmas is about God - what God has done and what God will do. And that’s a message, a hope, a promise, that not even “early Christmas music” can drown out.

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120 West Pleasant Street
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Portage, WI, 53901
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