I love the Christmas season! I love the music, the food, the fellowship. I love it all! I never feel as if Christmas celebrations start too early! Why do I feel this way? Well, what is the first part of Christmas? Christ! What I love celebrating is Christ. Wouldn’t it be nice if we really could celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ all year long? What if we could celebrate in July the presence of Jesus Christ as we do in December? No doubt, some of you may be saying, “I’m not cooking pecan pies and pumpkin rolls in July!” And, I suppose we would grow weary of the continual business of the celebration. Or would we?
When we consider what we celebrate – the prescreens of God Almighty, who came to earth to pay for our sins and secure our place in heaven – perhaps we should strive to live out our lives in continual celebration for Jesus, our Christ! I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul who said: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). I find it interesting that Paul says, “I will say it again!” He stresses the again because sometimes we need to hear it again, and again.
My prayer for each and every one of you this Christmas season is that you will rejoice! I pray that you will rejoice again and again throughout the year, and every day, for what God has offered to you at no price – grace, forgiveness, and eternal life.
On a personal note, as we reflect upon all we are thankful for during this time of year, Lisa and I would like to thank all of you for the way you have cared for us in what has been a difficult year for us. We are so thankful for your kindness, grace, and patience! You have enriched our lives, and we feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful faith community!
Posted by Ramón Torres