One of the things I enjoy most about the Christmas season is the Christmas Eve service at Stetson. It is such a sweet time of worship on a night with such great expectation. The sanctuary is packed and people are joyous.
We got there over an hour early because Dan had some things to do. That was fine with Jonah because he ran into his friend from school, church and our neighborhood, Gracie Jan.
I took Micah out of his carrier and laid him on the front pew so I could get all of our things out and organized before the service began. I still haven't gotten use to having a diaper bag and lots of baby things to take every where I go. I tend to forget something each time so I wanted to be sure everything was right at hand as to not interrupt the service. Micah hit the pew and was out in seconds. Literally, he went from wide awake to a yawn to a dead sleep!
Jonah made sure that the was okay each time he passed him. And, if anyone got within three feet of us, he said "Hey, have you seen my brother? His name is Micah!" Lots of people got to meet him for the first time.
Jonah picked up Dan's Bible at one point and started flipping through it. There was still about 30 minutes to spare before the service began so I was happy he found something to entertain himself. He read for a just a minute when Chris, the man behind us said "look at where he is reading!"
Yep, the book of Micah. He opened it right to that book as if he knew what he was looking for. I, of course, had to snap a picture of that!
After his Bible reading, Hannah came up to say hello and to see baby Micah. She is pretty smitten with him. Her mom is our nursery coordinator so feel pretty confident she will get to know Micah very well over the next few years.
He slept through all of that and even through Jonah seeing Jaxon, our neighbor. He was giddy to see Jaxon and Jaxon was pretty giddy to see him.
There was a point in the service when all the kids came forward and Dan read a children's book to them about the real meaning of Christmas. Jonah thought he was hot stuff since he got to go up there with his daddy to wait on all the kids.
As we were singing, I sat down with Micah and looked up and saw this sweet moment of Dan and Jonah singing together. Apparently, Micah thought it was sweet too because he just stared at them.
After the service, we took a few family photos so we could have a special remembrance of this night and Micah's first Christmas. It truly was a wonderful night of worshipping the newborn King!