Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad that Christmas Day is almost here! Just two days from today, we will be joining with our brothers and sisters worldwide to herald the glad tidings of Christ’s birth! Thanks be to God for the inestimable gift of his Son, come to Earth to save us!
After four weeks of preparation, four weeks of waiting (with varying levels of patience…), on Christmas morn the world will be made new. Amid the joyful shouts of Merry Christmas!, we hope that there will be equally joyful prayers of thanksgiving offered up; we hope that there will be enough quiet time, after the presents are opened and admired, for a bit of contemplation on what has occurred. A baby has been born, laid in a manger, wrapped in bands of cloth, and adored by his parents; a baby has been born, who is Emmanuel, God with us. This particular birth, in a non-descript town in a remote region of a conquered land, was the single most important birth in all of history; the world would never be the same again, and for that we should all be eternally grateful. We take so much for granted, yet this particular birth that we celebrate on Christmas Day, is one thing we should never take for granted because our lives and futures would look so very different had it not occurred. We pray that this Christmas, that you will be filled with the Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace that the birth of Jesus brought into the world, and that continues to bless us to this day. Merry Christmas, our beloved friends, and a very Happy New Year as well; may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be yours, now and forevermore. Amen.
With our love,
Karen and Greg
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14