Published Dec. 17, 2013

Shelia Shares....
"Sharing The Spirit"

Two weeks before Christmas 1997, Paul and I took a group of nine to New York City for the day. We traveled by train, visited stores and tourist sites, and just enjoyed the Christmas feeling of New York City.

One place we went was to the Empire State Building. When we got into the elevator to go to the top, we decided to sing some Christmas carols. (I don't know whether it was my idea, but it might well have been!)

Of course, we weren't the only people on the elevator, but we didn't let that bother us. They tolerated our singing through two Christmas songs which I remember included "Joy To The World."

We spent some time looking out over the city from such a high viewpoint and then got back into the elevator to go down. As we began our descent, an unfamiliar lady asked, "Is this the Joy To The World crowd?" and started to sing "O Come All Ye Faithful." We readily joined in the singing and had a musical trip downward, too.

I don't know how we got on the elevator going down with the same people who had been on the elevator going up. But, what fun!

If it is so easy to share our Christmas spirit and have strangers pick it up so readily, why is it so difficult to share our faith and trust the Spirit to move strangers to pick it up too? This year when someone tells you to "share the spirit," why not let it be the real Spirit? After all, Jesus is the reason for the season!

- Shelia

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