Laymen's League speaker:?Christmas means God’s love

Todd G. Higdon

Standing at the podium today, Charles Brazeale spoke to the Laymen’s League during the weeklong Pre-Christmas services at the First Christian Church.

Answering the services’ theme question, “What does Christmas Mean to Me?,” he said, God’s love.

“It is a reminder of what God’s love has given me (my life, salvation, my wonderful wife and kids, etc.),” said Brazeale. “Oh, how God has blessed my family. Christmas is also a call to share God’s love with others. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve done a great job or a pitiful job; it matters that I take Christ’s example and love more, love better, and love all – in His name.”

Brazeale started his speech quoting from 1 Corinthians 13:13, “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

“These three, faith, hope and love, seem remarkably necessary for us to remember at Christmas,” said Brazeale. “…Christmas signifies how much God loved us.”

He went on to quote from John 3:16, “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

“You see, Christmas is all about God’s love for us, through Christ and all about our obligation, not invitation, our obligation to love others with the joy of Christ regardless of who they are,” Brazeale said.

Christmases past

“When I was enjoying that first Christmas with my kid – when we are at my grandparents farm at Ozark – there was a lot of love in my heart,” said Brazeale. “I didn’t have to try to love, it just spilled out of me.”

Going back

“Even if I wanted to, I can’t return to that first Christmas with my wife, and children,” said Brazeale. “My grandmother died that next spring. The house was sold soon after. And those little children who I can still see in my mind are now young adults. But what was true that Christmas day, and is still true now, is the gift of Jesus Christ at Christmas.

What a love story for mankind!”

In closing, Brazeale told the audience, “may you be blessed this Christmas with Christ’s love in your homes. And may you be spurred on by me, by others, by the Holy Spirit, to love, and good deeds toward all of God’s children. Merry Christmas to you all.”

Thursday’s service was also noted as youth day. Presenting the Christmas music was the Neosho High School Boys Quartet. The quartet consisted of Riley Holts, Kyle Potter, Seth Reed and, filling in for Scooter Lewis, the Neosho Laymen’s League accompanist Lyndall Jones.

On Friday, David Watkins will be the keynote speaker.

The Laymen’s League is open to all men in the area. Starting at 6 a.m., doughnuts and coffee are served, with the service beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church.

Neosho Daily News