Message from the Pastor – December 2019
Greetings! I’m filling in for Pastor Sela for this issue of the newsletter.
As I write this message it’s almost December and I’m amazed at how quickly this year has passed by. It seems like summer was just a few weeks ago but the thermometer and weather tell otherwise. The cold and darkness came upon us so quickly this year.
But, December will bring us some internal warmth and light as we start of the season of Advent. Advent is a joyous time when Christians around the world prepare and anticipate celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
For many, it is a joyous time. It’s a time that brings families and friends together. It’s a time to share our love with one another and to show kindness and generosity.
I’m humbled when I think about the birth of our Savior. For thousands of years, God tried many ways to get His people to follow his ways. He used messengers like Moses, warriors like Joshua and Deborah, judges like Samuel, kings like David, and finally prophets like Isaiah. Nothing seemed to work. But God didn’t give up on His people because he had a plan and a purpose.
God knew his people were imperfect and He needed to redeem them. So, He sent His son to earth. Although he would be a future king, He sent him as a simple carpenter’s son, born by a simple girl in an animal stall.
He sent His son to forgive us for not following His ways. His son would live a short life on earth and then pay the price for all our sins. But He would also offer us something in return. Salvation. To attain it, all we have to do is believe in Him and follow His ways. And the way was made simpler – Love your God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love one another just as God has loved you.
So in this season of Advent, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, I ask you to spend a moment thinking about what God did for you by sending His son. Reflect on His way and think about the incredible gift He offers us. If you accept the gift, it will fill you with warmth and light that you can share with your family and friends.
I wish you and your family joy and love during this season of Advent and Christmas.
Please try to reach out to those who may be alone or suffering during this time. For some, the holidays can be a lonely time.
Jim Malley, Editor of The Connection Newsletter