Whether or not you are surrounded by family, or virtually alone, whether or not this has been a good year full of prosperity and joy, or one of struggle and pain, my family and I wish you a merry Christmas.
May the good news the angels proclaimed two millennia ago be true today.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11).
May the ancient prophecies be fulfilled in our hearts.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and you will call him Immanuel [God with us] (Isaiah 7:14).
May you not only be grateful today for the symbol of the cross, but the meaning bursting forth from a tiny feeding trough. May we marvel at the wonder and love of a God who has completely shared, and still shares, in our humanity. God with us. God, a part of us. Love in flesh and blood. Our reason why we search for ways to practice and emulate grace for those without.
For we do not have a [Christ], who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16).
God is with you.