Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
A Very Merry Christmas to All!
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it....John 1:5
As we approach Christmas this year, the bland messages of "Happy Holidays" seem to ring hollow. They just don't have the power to save us from our own destructive tendencies. The world continues to confront us with the realities of anger, hatred, fear and violence all around. We mourn the deaths of the police officers in New York City, brutally gunned down in Brooklyn by a shooter who invoked the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown to justify his shocking action. As we have prayed for the victims of recent shootings and called for peace and justice, so now we pray for the families of these officers killed in the line of duty and to cry anew for peace with justice.
A genuine understanding of the Gospel of Christmas has the power to speak to us and transform us in and through the darkness and evil that so frequently presents itself. The birth of Christ must always be connected with the cross of Christ. Jesus Christ, was born into a world of brutality and violence, of that there is no denying. The child born in Bethlehem this Christmas is the same one who will is crucified on Calvary. He takes this upon himself and endures it. He not only endures it, he transcends it.
In the great gift of salvation that is Jesus Christ and his resurrection, God offers us a means of overcoming the brutal ways of violence and anger in this world. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and source of God's love and light for the world. In Jesus Christ you and I are invited to discover true life and true light and true love.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.
What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
I pray that the Word, Christ Jesus, will be born anew in you this Christmas and that God's reconciling light and love will shine brightly through you overcoming all the darkness the world puts before us.
Chris and I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas.
See ya Sunday!
Peace & Blessings,
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