Remembering Christ And Sharing One With Another.
December 18th, 2012
It is that time of year when we hold special services in remembrance of Christ's birth. With wonderful plays and services designed to fully express the wonder of the birth of Christ and the beauty of God's Grace. However, also caught up in this season is our desire to share special times with friends and family. Giving gifts to one another in direct reference to the sharing of gifts of those wise men in days of old.
Such a wondrous time it can be, but a time of great reflection and personal openness as well. A time where healing, hurts and memories come flying through our minds from all directions. Some of this is healthy, some of it overwhelms those involved.
This Christmas I want you to enjoy the splendor of what is the Christmas pageantry, but remember its truly humble reality as well. For in a very simple setting our Lord was born, and without grandeur or prejudice he lived out his life before all. This uncommon man from a very common household touched the lives of almost all He came in contact to in such a profound way. Yet, in a very intimate fashion as well. Caring so intimately for the poor, the needy and the sick. This man would want you to reflect upon God's Grace that has been shown through the gift of the Son. Yet, be aware of those who are hurting and in need in this time of the year. Having our hearts and minds ready to " be there " for those struggling with the memories of the past, and the every day complexities of life. People who can't seem to smile, or even rejoice in such a season's blessings. Let them not be left behind in this season of celebration.
I encourage you to enjoy the season, but be aware of those around about you. Give a shoulder to cry on, a hug to console, a kiss to say you care. Then share your Jesus and His love in the most intimate of fashion. Reflecting his incredible love from your heart to all you come in contact to. Make a difference in someone's life this holiday season. I promise you it will never be forgotten.
Reverend Patrick Vossen,