Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   Matthew 11:28-29

We are nearing the culmination of what can be the busiest time of the year in the life of the church and in our community; Advent and Christmas. (We can discuss this Spring whether we under-value Lent and Easter.) Most conversations the next few days will revolve around how much more needs to be done before the 25th. Tempers can flare. People will spend money hoping January bills will somehow pay themselves. Weariness or depression can descend like a plague of locusts and many will wonder if they can make it to the New Year. We get so busy baking, shopping, buying, wrapping, decorating, cooking, stressing, visiting, mailing, and partying, all in an effort to create the perfect Christmas. It is not that any of these are inappropriate, but we need to be aware of our focus. The perfect Christmas needs none of these.

We are called to celebrate the simple birth of the Christ child; a child born in a stable. A child born without garland, a child born without concerts, a child born without bells or tree ornaments. A child born without greeting cards or cookies.  A child born in love, and born for peace.

It is not our birthday (nor any of our loved one’s); it is the birthday of Jesus. Our focus needs to be – What gift will we bring to him this Christmas? Can we find the gift of peace in our own life to offer up to Christ? Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends. But let us all take a pledge to limit ‘the doing’ and focus on ‘the being’ in love and gratitude with all those we love and care about. Let’s do  and worry less and celebrate more the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship at 7pm
Merry Christmas!

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