Christmas Letter 2021
2021 Christmas letter
What do you like best about Christmas? I could begin to list different ways we celebrate: family, generosity, charitable giving—these would be at the top of my list. Perhaps, food, festivities, song, worship, gifts,… would be on your list of precious moments. I know that whatever you enjoy most is God’s way of speaking to your heart about the Christ child, because Jesus is the reason we celebrate at all.
However you celebrate, let Jesus be the reason for your joy. He makes God present and palpable, in real time. He entered human history to bring God near to us. Jesus is the light of God wrapped in flesh and blood. And God is for us! God is not a distant, or impersonal force or being, as some may think. I know God is for us because, time after time, God has given us messages that God deeply cares about humanity. Through prophets and preachers, God has made his voice known:
- You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you. (Isa 43)
- The Lord heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147)
- God sent his son… that we might receive adoption as children (Gal 4)
So, this Christmas, throw yourself into celebration, in whatever way that you can. May you be filled with joy at the relationship you have with the God who cherishes you.
And be hopeful for the world! Even though we are still in the midst of a pandemic, and we must often wear masks, and things are not back to normal (or a new normal), there is reason to hope. God has given us Jesus to show that he is FOR US. May you celebrate this season with joy and hope. Merry Christmas!
Pastor Ann Marie