Baton Rouge has been blessed with some beautiful people!

Friday evening, I had the privilege to be a small part of the Festival of Lights in downtown Baton Rouge. As the hundreds of families gathered to celebrate the kickoff of the Christmas season together, I was overwhelmed by the sense of community that was ringing like Christmas bells in the air.

Our booths offered a simple craft and a photo-op in the manger. It was the goal of our church family to bring a reminder of the Lord of Light to the Festival of Lights, but we found ourselves so engulfed in the warmth and love of our community that we couldn’t help but recognize His presence was already there!

As families waited in long lines, put on costumes, posed for pictures and then waited again for their pictures to print (sometimes an extra 10 minutes due to “technical difficulties”), patience and grace flowed from the hearts of our city. It was a joy to see the smiling faces and hear the happy chatter of families enjoying their time together. Not to mention how gorgeous our people are! I wish I had gotten permission to publish some of their pictures because they were amazing.

I and my fellow volunteers left the event exhausted, but with spirits soaring. I am proud to call myself a citizen of Baton Rouge and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Thank you Downtown Development for allowing us to be a part, and thank you Baton Rouge for being the wonderful people that you are!

Cheryl Lott, director children’s ministry

First Presbyterian Church

Baton Rouge