A Word From the Pastor
December 2014 - January 2015
... a time of overindulgence, unrestrained gluttony and excess; it’s full of stress, commercialism, meaningless anxiety and exhaustion. “I’ll be happy when it’s over!”
... a time to focus on Jesus, God’s greatest expression of love. It brings bright hope and abundant joy. “I’ll treasure the memories when it’s all over!”
Which statement best describes your attitude toward Christmas? It’s not easy to resist the pressure to schedule too many activities, spend too much money, and attempt to meet too many expectations and thus end up disillusioned and exhausted. It’s not easy to resist all that. But it is not impossible, either.
Remember, no one can take Christ out of Christmas except you. You can decide what to do and that not to do. It’s up to you to choose which activities and expectations you’ll participate in and which ones you will let go of. You can use this time as an opportunity to connect with God in old and new ways, or a period when you are driven to find enough time, some more money, buy just the right gifts, and the ideal decorations to make everything perfect. Except it never is quite
perfect, is it?
Here’s something helpful: by the world’s standards Christmas started several weeks ago and will continue right up until December 25th. But in the church Christmas will start on Christmas Eve, December 24th, and continue until Epiphany, Little Christmas, on January 6th.
So let the world do Christmas in its own way in days to come. But when the Day of the Nativity comes, December 25th, give thanks that you have 12 more days to do Christmas your way. And may the way you choose bring you closer to Christ and the blessing of a God of Love.