Hello. It’s that time again! Time to celebrate the Lord by how thankful we are to be alive and celebrate the eternal life He provided through the birth of Jesus Christ! If you look around in the world, there seems to be more commercialization of Christmas and material gift giving. But what are really being offered are songs that have nothing to do with Christ, unwanted trinkets that will be returned the very next day, dry turkey and false “Good Will” toward people. What many people have forgotten or simply just don’t know is that Jesus has always been the reason we celebrate and have joy! We have this joy because God has given us peace that the world can only understand through a relationship with Him (St. John 14:1-6; 1 Cor.2:14). This joy begins at Christmas but culminates at the cross and carries over through the Resurrection!
So while we gather with loved ones and friends over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, remember that the reason you are blessed today is because of what God has done for you. Let’s get back to the basics of sharing the love of God through our faith in Jesus Christ. When was the last time you shared your faith journey with someone? During this festive time would be the perfect moment to open up to someone about what Jesus has meant to you in your life. Think back on when the Lord saved your life. Share the intricate details of how Jesus continues to sustain your faith. “Jesus paid it all.” Now we owe Him our all in all. Please share your testimonies with me of how God used you to bring someone to Christ. If possible I would love to meet them and rejoice with you both. God bless you and have a happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jabulani McCalister, MSW, MDIV