Grace, mercy, and peace from the God of all bountiful goodness be to you this holiday season!
As we get into the swing of a very busy part of the church year, I regret to inform you all that I was unable to prepare my letter on the second part of the 10 Commandments as you may have been anticipating. I am sorry to say that your anticipation will have to continue to linger and grow until next month.
However, I did want to take a moment to greet you all in the name of Christ and wish you all a happy holiday season. Hopefully you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and hopefully you will have a blessed Christmas.
As I write these words I am reminded that there are some people in our communities, whether at work or at school or maybe even at church, who feel heartache during the holiday season. Unfortunately tragedy and heartbreak do not take time off at this time of year.
During this holiday season I encourage you to be mindful of those who do not glow with holiday cheer this time of year. Be sensitive to those who have experienced great trauma in there lives around the holiday season. By this I do not mean keep your distance and let them stew in their sorrow. Absolutely not! Instead this is a time to hold them even closer. Show them the love of God that is present even in the midst of the most terrible tragedies.
Sometimes there are no words to say to comfort those who are hurting. As a person, and more specifically as a male, I also find this difficult. I am a person who likes to fix things, and so it is hard to sit back and not be able to fix a situation in which a person, a child of God, is hurting. But showing God’s love is not just limited to kind words. No, the best way to show God’s love is to be there for them. Just by being present you are showing them that you care for them and that you are with them through their pain and suffering just like God is always with them.
I wish you all a happy holiday season, but most importantly I hope you all are given the opportunity to experience the love of God this time of year.