Pastor's Corner
  
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.                  
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
 
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.                                                                    (Luke 2:20)
                                                 
  




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We have ample reason for joy every day.  At Christmas, the reasons for joy are tenfold.  God made a choice in His divine freedom.  He chose not to stay away, “up there” and judge.
 
     He came to us… a baby boy.
 
     That’s the source of our Christmas celebration.  Christianity is unique in that it is the only religion whose God is not distant; whose God came here to walk, talk and live with us for 33 years.
 
     And we celebrate that gift of grace.
 
     But is celebration the entirety of what it is all about?  I don’t think so.
 
     Paul calls on us to “Pray constantly” in our rejoicing.  He says that this is the “will of God in Christ Jesus” for us.
 
     He has a foundation for making the declaration.  Throughout the Old and New Testaments, multitudes have prayed to the Lord, in community and individually.  And God has always answered their prayers.
 
   
 
 
 
 
       Christmastime should be no different.  Indeed, Luke tells us that, upon returning from being with the baby Jesus, the shepherds glorified and praised God.  Clearly, they prayed and prayed to God, in thanksgiving for the birth of the Messiah.
 
     Let’s keep prayer in our lives this Christmas.  There is no reason God should have given us His only Son… we certainly did nothing to deserve it.  But He did, and we are the recipients of the greatest gift in the universe… the saving grace of Christ.
 
     So, let’s sing, preach and raise praises to God.  But let us be the church that “prays constantly” this Christmas, thanking God for Christ; and asking His blessings to continue for us, our church, and all the saints who’ve passed this year and in years past.
 
     May God’s blessings be upon you this Christmas and always.





 
  
  Yours in Christ, 
           Pastor John