We are living in an age of constant change. Technology advancements, the political climate, and the function of the healthcare continuum create a state of flux and unsettledness that can dim our view of their impact on our lives. We lose our ability to wonder at the significance of these things. One thing I appreciate about celebrating the Christmas season every year is the opportunity that we have to experience the wonder that can accompany its true purpose. Like my granddaughter’s rapt consideration of the beauty of her first Christmas tree, when I pay attention to the God of Creation’s arrival to earth as a helpless infant child, I can’t help but feel wonder. The concept of “God with us” is an amazing demonstration of love and humility and sacrifice. I hope that I never lose the significance of what that means as I celebrate Christmas each year.
Norman Vincent Peale once wrote, “I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.” Since I begin listening to Christmas music in September, I heartily endorse this perspective!
There will be many opportunities in the Messiah Lifeways ministries to express and receive the joy of the season this year, with things like decorating our campuses and homes, attending Christmas concerts and the Live Nativity, and eating all those holiday goodies we create and seem to receive in abundance this time of year. I hope that you’ll take advantage of the opportunities available as you are able in the weeks to come, both on the Messiah Village campus and wherever your sleigh may take you.
On behalf of the Messiah Lifeways family, I wish each of you a Christmas season filled with wonder, and that your year in 2019 will be fruitful and enriching for you.