I have to admit, part of me sees Christmas as just another day. I’m not trying to put the Bah Humbug in Christmas. In fact, quite the opposite! I want EVERY day to be a reminder of the presence of Jesus in my life! I want to remember EVERY day the good news of what God has done: how He came to bring the reality of the kingdom into the world.
He is Immanuel, “God with us,” just as much now as He was when He entered this world as a baby in a manger!
That’s good news, my friends!
Let it sink into your heart and inspire you to continue the celebration tomorrow, and the next day, and into 2014!
Also here are a couple important things to be aware of…
My heart breaks today at the loss of Cheryl’s dad and Maddy’s grandpa, Wilmer. Wilmer discovered earlier in the year that he had leukemia, and wasn’t given very long to live. It’s hard to imagine losing a loved one on Christmas, of all days. At the same time, I’m thankful for two answered prayers before he passed: confirmation that Wilmer had said yes to Jesus, and a decrease in the pain and inflammation so that he was not suffering in the end. Please continue to pray for Cheryl and Maddy and their family as they deal with the loss.
Also, just a reminder that we’ll be meeting on Thursday at the usual time–starting at 6:30pm with a shared meal. This week will be a time of worship. We’ve also got plans for a New Year’s Eve gathering, so keep an eye out for more details on the dates and times for that!