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Christmas Queries

Posted on Sun, Nov 29, 2015

A message from Pastor Bob...

 I  love the Christmas season.  The traditions of this season – the lights, the Christmas trees, the caroling, Santa, the gifts, the Christ Child in the manager surrounded by the Holy Family, shepherds and angels - all of these warm my heart with the joy and wonder of Christmas.

 What about the questions or queries of Christmas?  I’ve been thinking about some of the questions we ask at this time of year.  Answering these questions could help us make this the best Christmas ever.

First of all, what does God want for Christmas?  My thoughts go to Scripture as recorded in Micah 6:8…”He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  May this season be a time of drawing near to God.  Many experience Christmas as “a festival of consumption” feeling drained when the Christmas rush is over.  As we walk humbly with our God, this season can actually energize us for the New Year.  As we sort out our response to the Paris tragedy and the threat of terrorism, remember that we are called to act justly and to love mercy.  There are many people around us who are precious to God and as we treat them with right behavior, mercy, and kindness ,God is pleased.

Secondly, have you mailed your Christmas cards yet?  Robin and I send cards to keep in touch with family and friends.  Is it stressful?  Of course, but we find it worth the investment of time and effort.  However, the Scriptures talk about our lives being a letter for Christ.  “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)  May our witness draw people to the Christ of Christmas. 

Thirdly, how can I have the best Christmas ever?  The season speeds by and Christmas can arrive without the preparation of our hearts.  Ask the Spirit of God to put a song in your heart.  Authentic joy is His gift to us.  Remember, if Christmas doesn’t happen in our hearts, then we certainly won’t find it under the tree.  As you check your list and go about shopping, remember that the best gifts are personal expressions of love and admiration.  Give yourself away this Christmas.

Finally, are you free to enjoy Christmas?  What would it mean to be “free” to enjoy Christmas?  Since Jesus is the reason for the season, have you genuinely received Him into your heart and are you living in fellowship with Him each day of your life?  Kneeling in Bethlehem along with the shepherds and wise men, brings the wonder of Christmas to your life throughout the entire year.  They worshipped Him.  Will you worship Him, too?  Will you let Him be the Star whose light you will follow in the New Year?  If so, then you will not only be free for Christmas, but for the abundant life he brings each day.  “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  (John 8:36)

I  wish you a Joyous Christmas with the wonder of His presence and the warmth of His love.

Pastor Bob

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