Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2009

This Christmas I wanted to focus on the real reason we celebrate Christmas; not commercialism, not frolicking through a winter wonderland, not gift-giving for the sheer sake of giving gifts (although that is nice), not even teh joy of being with family who we love.  No, none of these is the real reason for Christmas.  The real reason for Christmas is Christ, a man named Jesus who came to tell everyone, for the first time ever, through his words, his life, his death, and his resurrection, that God is here. No more waiting, no more yearning in vain to achieve what we cannot do by ourselves, but the truth that God is with us, healing, forgiving, and loving us in the midst of this confusing world, and–what’s more–inviting us to do likewise.

Allelujah!

It is with this in mind that I wish you, whoever you may be, reading this right now, a very merry Christmas.

May the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, the Christ, bless you with peace and a joy in the realization of healing and redemption, not through your own hard work or achievement, but through the redeeming Love poured out in so very many ways by that very self-same God.  May God also give you eyes to see those many ways in which that Love is poured forth, and ears to hear the whisper of Her Spirit, today and always, forevermore. Amen.

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