The Pastor’s Peace™
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Brian for your reflection and consideration, published monthly during the year, available in our printed Beaver Church Chatter newsletter and on our web site.*
Merry Christmas!!! Those of you reading this might think that old Pastor Brian got confused and doesn’t know it isn’t December. I am not confused because there are indeed 12 days of Christmas, and if you are reading this before the end of January 5th, then Merry Christmas!!! I guess a Happy New Year’s is in order as well, but that is just one day, and more importantly, it isn’t something we tend to forget. Christmas, however, is something that many think ends on December 25th, with trees and everything coming down the next day. Come December 26th you don’t hear a Merry Christmas for miles around. It is interesting that an event we have been preparing for during all of Advent and looking forward to with great delight is an event that we are so quick to move past. Perhaps we should focus more on celebrating Christ’s birth not only for those 12 days, but maybe even all year round.
For those who didn’t get a chance to attend our Christmas Eve service, I talked about leaning into the difficulties in the world around us. If we look at the ministry of Jesus, he never shied away from the difficulties of other. He was willing to reach out to those in need, those who did not believe, and even those who actively worked against him. Not only did Christ provide us salvation through his death and resurrection, but he provides us salvation by being the incarnation of God on earth and showing us how such a life is lived. The themes of Advent-- peace, hope, joy, and love--are all achieved by working through Christ to bring forth the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. If we are willing to lean into those areas that cause us discomfort and do so out of love and devotion, then we can work actively to create the peace and joy we celebrate at Christmas. It is only when we are willing to take risks with others that we often move beyond the issues that divide us.
I once heard a professor of mine tell a student who was working on his PhD that receiving your doctorate was not the end, but only the beginning. It was only after you finished your studies that the real work began. Christmas works much the same. We have been preparing for all of Advent to receive the Christ child.
That event has occurred and now the real work begins. Christmas is not about celebrating on December 25th, and then putting away the ornaments on December 26th; it is about thinking about what Christ has called us to do on December 26th and on every day of our lives. Christ calls us to believe, to share the faith, and to let our faith guide our actions so that we work to create a better world, a new earth. Go forth then in faith and lean into the winds of despair and divisiveness that threaten to tear us apart. Lean in with hope, joy, peace, and love, especially love. Go forth and follow the commands of our king the Christ child, the incarnation of God, our strength and our salvation.
Peace & Merry Christmas,
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