We have now entered the Christmas Season or the season of Advent as it is called in the Christian Tradition. For many of us this leads to giant list of projects and things to do, shopping trips and marathon baking sessions. Days are short, the hours in a day shorter and often we start to feel a rising pressure or tension to accomplish everything and to do it well so that we can have a wonderful and memorable Christmas.
May I recommend that we as the friends and members of Centenary UMC take a step back this year and reflect on what we are actually doing to celebrate the reason why Christmas even exists? I would like to encourage us all to make it a priority this year to teach and celebrate with others how God was born a human being, His Son, Jesus Christ on this earth over 2000 years ago to save us all and to offer us the ultimate source of love, peace and joy…a relationship with Him.
Let us make a list of what we think God would most want us to accomplish this Christmas. Worshiping with our church family, teaching our families and friends about Christ’s birth and taking time to love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us buy only what is necessary and be sure to take time, use our gifts and spend some of our money on providing for the less fortunate this season in order to reveal to them that Christmas is as much about them as it is about us.
Let us fill the sills of the church with food products for the pantry, let us fill the pews with the souls of those Jesus was born on this earth to save, let us fill the offering plates with support for the ministry of Centenary UMC that carries on Jesus’ ministry until the day of His return and let us fill our church building with glory and praise to our Almighty God for the greatest gifts ever given in the history of the universe: the blessed birth of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas and God bless you all,