Buon Natale! Got Jule! Joy Noel!
Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas!
Our Savior has come – Let us Rejoice and be Glad
Today we celebrate the greatest of all God’s gifts to us – His Son, Jesus – the Word of God made flesh. God, who loves us so much, that he sends his living Word to be among us; showing us the way home to our heavenly Father.
Christmas is a time for remembering - remembering those who are with us and especially those who are far away. It is a time of home, of togetherness - a time with family and friends – with all those people who mean so much to us in our lives. And it is a time to remember the past: all those who have gone before us - who shaped and influenced our lives; giving us warm memories that bring us comfort and joy.
This truly is a time of celebration and great joy – for we celebrate God’s great gift, Jesus - and rejoice in remembering how much God loves us through His gift of love and compassion in the person of Jesus. We remember and renew our relationship with God through this memory of the birth of His Son - the reason we celebrate today.
But, this is not a celebration for this day only, but a celebration we only renew at this time of year – so we may keep it all year long,
W in our Thoughts –
W on our Lips and
W In our Hearts.
Jesus, the Christ, our Savior, - the Word of God made flesh – who lives among us each and every day, - as he has for the past 20 centuries – remembered from generation to generation, - family to family, - people to people.
He lives among us always, - not just inside this beautiful church, - but in this whole beautiful world – God’s creation and He lives within his people, - within each one of us, - whom he loves beyond all imagination: For we are his most precious creation – for we are created - of Star-Dust and the Breath of God.
So, Let us keep Christ in Christmas today and every day: Keeping Christ in our hearts – each and every moment of our lives. Let us listen to the voice of God in the Word made flesh and live His Word in our thoughts, - words - and actions; sharing this greatest gift with all we meet in the world.
For in this Christmas Season we are anointed:
- To announce the Good News to the poor
- To proclaim liberty to captives
- Recovery of sight to the blind and
- Freedom to the oppressed
AND what is this Good News?
Jesus, the Christ, our Savior is born this day
He is the Word of God living among us
Bringing us the gifts of:
- Hope and
Freeing us from the chains of sin and corruption
To live in his heavenly kingdom forever and ever: