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December 1, 2016
I love this time of year. I enjoy the decorations and love watching with anticipation, as new ideas on how to decorate slowly emerge. This next month will bring great color to the area. Cities and towns around the state will offer invitations to come and share with them the beauty of the season. Concerts will be held at schools, colleges and universities, Christmas plays will be performed in churches, and choirs will prepare for Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day services.
This is the time of year where folks celebrate a season of love and gratitude towards one another. I have often said, "I wish this spirit could last throughout the year."
I would like to look back for a moment at a birth that took place over 2100 years ago. It was a birth that would change the world. It is a story that everyone of you know about. Mary was called by God to give birth to a son. Joseph was called by God to love Mary and raise this son with her. An angel appeared to Joseph and told him not to fear, but to take Mary as his wife. Joseph would do this. They would travel for days until they had reached Bethlehem where this child would be born. Jesus would be born in a lowly manger away from the bright lights and in an environment that many of us would never walk into. Dr. Tim Walker from Grapevine Texas shared that "embryos in the womb know only darkness and rocking and silence, and enter this world reluctantly, crying in protest with their first breath. Yet when their eyes are opened, they encounter amazement."
Imagine the look in Mary’s eyes as she watches her child, the son of God open his eyes for the first time. I cannot begin to imagine the love that was shared at that moment. This is the story of Christmas that needs to be shared. In the midst of the hustle and confusion in Bethlehem a child "Emmanuel" was born. He would be the Savior of the world.
In the midst of all the decorations, lights, music, and family gatherings, please take time to share the story of a Savior born out of love for you and me. This is a story that matters. When I think of the world in which we live today, there is a need for peace and hope. That can only come when we are invested in making this world a better place. Is it possible for us to start this season? We have come out of a time of Thanksgiving into a time of Advent. This is a season of waiting and watching as we celebrate the most important gift to come, "the gift of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
I hope you will join us this Christmas season as we sing those familiar carols and share the scriptures that tell us of the Savior’s birth. We look forward to seeing you soon.