& Marla McGovney
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Merry Christmas to you all. Yes, it is the season once again for colorful lights, trees, wreaths, parties, Christmas plays and Concerts, plenty of Hallmark Christmas movies and Stories of Santa Claus. Wow, that is a lot of stuff let alone all the shopping for food and the "just right present", but you know what else there is a lot of this year.... Songs about Jesus, stories about Jesus, shows about Jesus, people giving gifts and good cheer. Yes, there is still a great sense of giving and celebrating our Lord and Savoiurs Birth. The world is caught up in Black Friday and all the hustle and bustle of the season, but so are the Christians. The world is caught up in giving the right gift and going to parties and plays and concerts and shopping just like the Christians. We are not any different at this time of year, we just need to act different. We need to be grateful in the traffic jam, peaceful in the crowded check-out line, joyous in being too late to get that "perfect gift that just sold out." We need to show love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, compassion, and so on to all we come in contact with. If we will show the "Fruits of the Spirit" as well as the compassion that we would like to be shown. It will make this hustle and bustle crazy Christmas season way more enjoyable for all, not just us. You know, we could really make a difference in the lives of many people this year if we will "put on that happy face" and smile when the line is too long and there is no one to check you out. Strike up a conversation with others in line with you that is positive and not complaining about the service or lack of. You never know whose life you might just change with your attitude. Who knows it might even be your life that is changed. We never know when we have entertained an angel unaware. The young lady checking you out that has a cold and sneezes on your package, the person in line waiting to check out that needed to hear a positive comment today because they just lost their job, the one driving like a crazy person because they have just been called to the hospital because their mom has had a stroke, there are so many examples of what could be going on with that person that has been annoying to you. The thing is, did you respond with kindness or compassion and a smile regardless of how it made you feel or was it with a rude comment? We, ALL of us Christians, can make a difference this Christmas. All we have to do is SMILE!!!!
Have a Very Merry Christmas and may God bring you happiness and grace.
We Love you all.
Pastor Mike and Marla