And the angel said, Do not be afraid, for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people. Luke 2:10
Christmas Greetings, Good Christian Friend,
That dark night, the shepherds were terrified before they heard these words of the angel. We can relate. There is much that is terrifying about our world today. I don’t have to name them for you. We all know the threats that loom over us.
Sometimes I wonder if the world has ever been in such a dark place. Then I remember. Yes, there have been world wars and plagues, disasters and despots, famines and conflict throughout the ages. How do we keep the faith?
I also remember acts of kindness, movements towards justice, brilliant discoveries, heroic actions, amazing works of art and music, and more. From the creation of the world there has been goodness and courage. Goodness and courage are all around us today. We can choose how we look at the world. We can also choose how to respond. We can be a source of peace, rather than add to the tension around us.
I do feel that we have a particular calling today. As Christians, we know what love is. We know that we are loved and that we have the capacity to share love. The world needs it. Our community needs it. Our families need it.
It is not that hard to be loving. It really isn’t.
This Christmas, when Christ is born in your heart again, you will be filled with the wonder of love. It will spill out of you, in your own special way. You don’t even have to try hard. It will be completely natural to you, for Christ Jesus will dispel all your fear and give you joy.
And we will rejoice, with heart and soul and voice! Good Christian Friend, rejoice!
May God bless you with good news of great joy,