A Christmas Wish from our Pastor – Find Yourself Within the Promise of Christmas this Year!
We Need a Little Christmas – and Thanks Be to God – We have it! When we lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, a number of the church lads were part of the city-wide Boy Choir, and every year Franny and I had the pleasure of attending their seasonal concert. We still hum their opening number:
“We need a little Christmas, right this very minute, need a little laughter, need to find ourselves within it; need a little sparkle, need a little jolly – we need a little Christmas now!’
I always appreciated that tune – it hit me where I live… Need a little Christmas – we all do. And as we approach this year’s celebration of the Nativity, I remind that according to our story, God knew we would – need a little Christmas…
Need to remember the promise and hope that comes through Isaiah: “Rise up, your light has come – the glory of the Lord will be upon you.”
And from the Gospel of JOHN, “There is a light that shines in any darkness.” It glows to lighten our loads and inspire our living.
“O come, O come Emmanuel” we have sung this Advent time, and the aspirational virtues of Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy culminate in our proclamation: “Christ, our Savior, Light of the world, is born.”
O we have a story to tell all people who equally, need a little Christmas – that what we have yearned for, longed for – has happened. God’s light shone once in the face of a man – and shines on through His eternal Spirit for all who seek it.
We need a little Christmas – and Thanks Be to God – we have it! Whether it be in our home church here – or with a part of the extended faith family elsewhere – my prayer is that you may know the wonder of finding yourself within the Christmas promise again this year.
And May God Bless us – Everyone!
Faithfully yours, Nick Van Gombos, Pastor