Here’s wishing everyone a very merry Christmas! It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the chaos of preparation, that when it actually comes to Christmas we are so wound that we fail to embrace the essence of the season. I hope we all take the time to slow down and engage the many different events that we are involved in this time of year. I know there are many different opinions towards the consumer attitude of Christmas, but may the frustrations we have not hinder our celebration of what is valuable about this holiday. While our busyness and self-centeredness may neglect the reality of “Emmanuel, God with us,” the message remains the same; God is with us! While often turned into shallow routines, the events of Christmas, such as time with family, giving, and celebrations can maintain depth in a reflection of the Emmanuel reality. So as I celebrate with Julie and our families my goal is to realize this reality in all of our Christmas celebrations.
May your Christmas be a time where the reality of “Emmanuel, God with us” is the center of all your celebration, allowing you to truly embrace all that is good about the season!