There are those who would say our observance of Christmas is materialistic, schmaltzy, superficial, nostalgic, old-fashioned— well, bah humbug!
There is much about Christmas that is traditional, sweet and beautiful. We are invited to recreate the journey of Joseph and Mary. Yet the ancient story brings an undeniable freshness to the journey we are on. To know that God is with us is a powerful source of hope and encouragement.
In writing these words I, like many of you, know of people we care about who are grieving, people who are struggling with depression or physical challenges or loneliness. For some Christmas is not a “holly, jolly season”.
As difficult as life may become we continue in the strength of “God with us—Emmanuel”. This season is what it is and in the midst of darkness there comes a light. A light that speaks of peace, a light that comes from the birth of the Christ child that says “you are not alone whether in grief or illness or being stationed in Afghanistan”. God through Christ is saying “I will not leave you or forsake you are my child”.
Grace and Peace, Don