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A Message from Pastor John

“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.” Luke 2:15-16

You know, something strange happens this time of year (and for most of us, it always happens at this time of year), and that is this strange attitude folks seem to have after Christmas Day. I hear it, and I know that you do too, and that is, “Whew, I am so glad that Christmas is over.” Think about it. We know that Christmas is coming, we mark the date on our calendars, we see the paraments changed from green to blue, Advent is just a very short season, and then Christmas Eve is upon us before we know it. We try our best to plan for it, and yet, we usually overdo it in more ways than one, which in turn caus-es stress and frustration. We want everything to go just right, whether it is making sure we have all the right gifts for our loved ones, or the decorations are up, or the house is cleaned and ready for family and friends, and of course, scrambling for that last minute gift.

I think the reason we may feel this way is because we miss the meaning, we totally miss the meaning of what this season is all about. The season of Christmas is about the creator of the universe, the one who created the world we live in, the one who gave us the life that we have, and all that we have, and all that we are, the one who gave us hope beyond ourselves, this is about the one who left it behind, the one who left the glory and the splendor of heaven and came into this world, just like you and I did, to die on that cross, was resurrected from the dead, so as to save us from the power of sin, death and the devil, and to make heaven our home. By grace, this is a gift of God that the world and all of its trappings can never give.

So church, let me ask you a question: Are you going to miss Christ this Christmas because you may stress over this or over that? Are you going to miss Him as we head into the New Year? It doesn’t have to be that way. Remember, this season is about God breaking into the world, because He loves you, and He is there for you and for me, even though we sometimes miss Him in the craziness of our lives and what life throws our way. He will always be there. Jesus said that He will be with us even until the end of time. The scriptures tell us, that Jesus the Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 From our family to yours, may you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

 In His Service, Pastor John



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