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From the Pastor

Infant holy, infant lowly, for his bed a cattle stall; oxen lowing, little knowing Christ the child is Lord of all. Swiftly winging, angels singing, bells are ringing, tidings bringing: Christ the child is Lord of all! Christ the child is Lord of all!

It is astonishing to me how many songs from Advent and Christmas my children have retained in their short number of years. As we begin our holiday preparations and turn on the music of the season, their voices recall lyrics and tunes with ease and our car and home is filled with a joy that just weeks before was lost to the sleepless tribulations of daylight savings time. In a way, they (all children, not just mine!) are a model for us. Here in the darkest time of year, we are admittedly frostbitten and edging on despair. The woes of the world with its hatreds and fears, with its fires and floods, feeling the angst of refugee child and the sorrow of those faced with spending the holy day alone, have a way of grinding us down. What if, instead of giving in to that easy hopelessness, we recalled a song, a carol. 

How does it feel to let your song bubble up to the surface, to belt it out as a hymn of protest against the growing darkness?  Could that song becoming flesh, incarnate the presence of Jesus in the midst of our world at this particular time save us? Might it fill you with Advent anticipation, with depthless, imagination defying hope? Might it make you see, feel, and know the joy of promises fulfilled and give you the sense that this season, these scriptures, and your song gifts you, that Christmas is wonderfully remaking the world around to a place brimming with Godís life and presence.

Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow: Christ the child was born for you! Christ the child was born for you!

Pastor Jeff


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