Burying Time Capsule

Burying Time Capsule
1859 - 150th Anniversary of Parish - 2009 (photo by Scott & Debbie Travers )

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas Message from Rev. Andrew & Janet

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people."  Luke 2: 9-10

Above: Google Images

     Christmas is supposed to be a joyful and happy time of year.  But to some it can be a difficult and sad time.  To the shepherds, before that first Christmas Eve, the night was just like any other.  They had to tend the sheep and keep watch for wild animals and thieves.  This is what they did the previous night and it is what they expected would take place once more.  But their routine was shattered.
     Most of us prefer routine.  We might have a number of routines to cover different situations - work/school day and rest day; but that is how we live our lives.  Then something happens and our routine is shattered.  John Lennon said, "Life is what happens while you're making your plans."
     For the shepherds, it was the arrival of the Messiah.  Imagine the roller coaster ride of emotions as fear gave way to excitement to hear that the Messiah had come.  But after the excitement dies down, life happens.
     We prepare ourselves for Christmas and get together with family and friends.  Gifts and Blessings are exchanged.  Through it all, life happens. Sometimes it brings us joy, and sometimes it brings us tears.  We are meant to share it all; with each other, and most importantly, with Jesus Christ our Messiah, who understands us and loves us.  On this day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us set aside a moment of our day for Him.
     Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you to defend you, within you to keep you, before you to lead you, beside you to guard you, and above you to bless you.
Merry Christmas to all
Janet and Andrew

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