Friends in Christ,
Here we are again, just a few weeks from Christmas! I know it’s a crazy time, but I love everything about the holiday season. I especially appreciate all of the extra opportunities that we have to give and share, in the spirit of the season. Giving to charities, sharing with those who are in need, exchanging presents, pitching in at church, sending cards, spending time reconnecting with family and friends … this really is the season of giving!
I hope you find your own ways to commemorate the birth of Christ by giving of yourself to others in this joyous season. More than that, I pray that you take some time to reflect on the incomparably precious gift God gave to you on the first Christmas. God’s Son took on your human flesh, entered your world, and saved you from the death penalty of your sin. In the Christ Child, God gave you forgiveness, new life, and eternal salvation. What a gift!
In the days ahead, do all the Christmas giving you can do. But let God’s Christmas giving be your greatest joy, your deepest motive, and your ultimate gladness.
Merry Christmas, in the name of Christ, God’s supreme gift!
Pastor Wayne Puls