From the church newsletter . . .
I have to tell you that Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love everything about Christmas. I love the decorations. From the little treasures inside to the bright lights and blow up snow men; I love the way that we take the time to adorn everything. As the days grow shorter it is a pleasure to have some extra brightness inside and out. I love the food. From sweet Christmas candy, to special cookies, to a wonderful holiday dinner; I love enjoying all the edible treasures of the season. I love gifts. From the pleasures of shopping to the joy of wrapping to the delight in seeing my children open presents; this is just a fun time of year. I even love Santa Claus.
There is certainly a lot to love in the world this time of year. And as much as I enjoy the “traditional” American Christmas activities what I enjoy even more is what we do here at church. Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany are my favorite times in the liturgical calendar.
I love the way we decorate the sanctuary and sing special hymns. I love the way we spend a whole Sunday enjoying music as well as enjoying a youth Christmas program. I love the way we gather together by candle light on Christmas Eve to worship in what feels like a most sacred way.
But more than all these things, more than wrapping paper and favorite hymns and candlelight, I love the message of Christmas. I LOVE the baby in the manger. The message of the church each Christmas season is one of such profound hope and joy that it fuels me for a whole year of ministry.
You see nowhere else in our world do we celebrate such a miracle; the strong made weak, the big becoming small, the God in a child. The image of Christ in the manger is an image of beauty and hope. It is an image of love. That God would reach out to us, depend on us, live with us, in such a fragile way speaks volumes of the love of God for humanity.
The celebration of Christmas is such a simple thing and yet such a glorious thing at the same time. The vulnerable God. The babe born in poverty. The one that would feed the world, lying in a feeding trough. Nothing is more beautiful, nothing is more precious, and nothing inspires such hope. I can’t think of anything more worthy of celebration.
May you have a blessed Advent and a joyous Christmas! (I know I will just being here to share this season with you.)
With Love, Pastor Heather