Greetings from the parsonage;
With December comes one of the most important days in the life of the church, Christmas. Christmas is best defined as the day God came down among us in human form, Emmanuel God with us. God comes to us in the form of a baby born of woman destined to go to the cross to save us from our sins. This is a time when many of us come home to the church after being away for a while. Somehow Christmas calls us to come here as part of the celebration whether it is part of a family tradition, or just a longing to celebrate once again the birth of the baby in the manger. While Santa Clause is an integral part of Christmas in our society he is still only a myth while Jesus is the truth of Christmas. As Christians we can get hung up on the fact that Jesus as most likely not born on December 25th, or we can choose to take this time to celebrate God’s incredible gift to us in His Son. I pray that you and your family will spend some time this Christmas season celebrating the true reason for the season by reading again the story of Christ’s birth and attending church especially on Christmas eve. I know it can be a very busy time in the life of our families and especially for me and many others this year it can be a difficult time as well when as we celebrate we find an empty spot at the table. We need to realize that those we miss are celebrating at the ultimate gathering with Jesus Himself. May we all find new ways to celebrate as well as traditional ways this year and consider ways that we can give a gift to Jesus at His birth. There are many charities and opportunities here at church to do that with adopt a child and the food pantry tree just to name a couple. Another opportunity is going caroling to our shut-ins and offering our voices in song to those who very rarely get company. Don’t worry if you can’t carry a tune all they want is a joyful noise and your presence.
My prayer for you is that you will have the merriest of Christmases ever this year.