Pastor's Corner

                                                                Christmas

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  “It’s beginning to look like Christmas.” “We wish you a Merry Christmas.”  Just three of many sayings that come out during the month of December.  Christmas.  This word brings up so many rich memories in all of our minds. It also can bring notions of what it should be and what one hopes it will be.  Of course, in most children’s minds they dream of gifts of toys and games and what was once the innocence of age. In young parents’ minds they see the satisfaction of excitement and anticipation in their children’s eyes as they open their unexpected or expected gifts wrapped under the tree. In the older adults’ hearts, they may know and accept the contentment in knowing they have done well in passing on their Christmas “tradition” to the next generation.

 

However, we should not forget those fot whom this Christmas is not one of anticipation and may not be of good cheer.  It could very well be the first Christmas without the one that had made Christmas past so bright.  The thought of Christmas and all the joy it can bring is erased by emptiness that loss can bring. Or maybe it is the first Christmas spent in a new place without family near that has been brought by a change of career, a hospital stay or military deployment. This type of Christmas is not a kind that anyone is looking forward to having.

 

To those who this year will be celebrating with memories of happiness and the excitement that comes by gift giving and receiving, let us first put the focus on why we celebrate at all.  Some will argue that this truly is not the actual birthdate of when Christ was born but I ask those to look at what scripture teaches us in the Book of Isaiah 9:6-7 (NASB) where it reads “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  And we also find in Matthew 1:23 (NASB) where it reads “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, “God with us.” I ask that you not get caught up on secondary issues but the main issues.  God gave us the greatest gift of all by sending His only Son one day to save those who put their trust in this Child of God. Also, this Child will not only be the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, but He is God with us. 

 

For those who may have the most difficult Christmas of all, I pray you hold fast to what scripture also promises you.  In Luke 2:10 (NASB) we read “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Do not let the lack of happiness this year overshadow the joy that can never be taken away from you.  The joy that the Savior is born and because of that, one day, all the sadness we experience in this life will be erased by the Joy we will experience standing before our Lord and witnessing firsthand the everlasting worship of our believing loved ones whom we lost along the way.  They are  in the presence of the Lord.  That is a promise from our God.

 

Merry Christmas Church and celebrate the Joy that is now in us, and the Joy that is yet to come.

Blessings to all!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Paul