It is that time of year when families and friends are gathering together--yet, there is in the air a sense of caution while COVID continues to be on the headline news. Despite that, we need to know that the message of Christmas has always been and always will be that of hope, healing, and peace.
For many this year has brought great loss--Jesus is comfort.
For many this year there has been discouragement--Jesus in your hope and peace.
For many life has changed directions--the Holy Spirit is counselor and guide.
A question I always ask the congregation every year at this time is: Are you closer to Christ this Christmas than you were last year? If not, why not? And also, no matter how you answered that question, what would be your spiritual goals going forward for 2022? How do you want to grow? In what avenues of your life do you want to change, to grow, to explore?
This is a precious and tender time of year. My prayer for each and every one reading this is that you will have a very blessed Christmas and a New Year that brings about the blessing and favor of the Lord on your life.