HOPE. PEACE. JOY. LOVE.
Friday, December 11
Anne Sargent, member of RPC since 2006
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given...and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6
I've always loved Christmas - and not just because of the holiday lights, the homemade sugar cookies my mom would bake, or the presents under the tree. As a child, there was always such a feeling of joy and wonder that came with Christmas, which had everything to do with the birth of Jesus. There's a reason we call Christmas "the Season of Joy": people often are kinder; the world more open to miracles. I remember hearing the story of the World War I Christmas Truce between British and German troops, when they put down their guns and emerged from their trenches to celebrate as believers. That message rings as true today as it did a century ago.
The most enduring and inspiring part of the Christmas story involves how the shepherds and the three wise men followed the North Star into Bethlehem where Jesus lay in a manger: When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11
How wondrous that moment must have been! It's beyond understanding how God would send His only son to live among us, and ultimately die so that we could live. So, even in this imperfect world, with all its struggles and loneliness, pain and heartache, Christmas reminds us that we are all born anew through our belief in the one miracle above all others: Jesus is Born!
Dear Lord, as the Christmas season arrives and envelops each of our hearts, let all the world rejoice; let those who feel alone and forgotten take heart that God lives in us and for us... and will never leave us. Amen