watch night service.
i always wondered what it meant.
but i think that we are watching the old year end
and the new one begin,
in joyful unity
with our brothers and sisters
in the family of God.
so at 7:00 in the evening
we gathered for a service.
and older couples and singles.
we lifted our voices in praise to the Lord
who brought us through the year.
the leader brought his testimony of salvation,
highlighted with slides from the time of his conversion.
others witnessed of the ways God had cared for them
this past year.
we gathered for a late evening meal;
homemade noodle soup,
cheese and crackers,
ginger snaps and pumpkin dip,
coffee or hawaiian punch.
sweet fellowship and goodwill abounded
as we played different board games.
laughter rippled back and forth wherever the young people were.
the younger and elder,
male and female,
more educated and less educated,
different social levels
believers and unbelievers,
for the purpose of exalting Christ.
oh, i understand
that not everyone comprehended that purpose--
the small children,
but the clear evidence of the fruit of the Spirit
was glorious to see.
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