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Friday, December 20, 2019 11:07 AM

Christmas Blessing

Friday, December 20, 2019 11:07 AM
Friday, December 20, 2019 11:07 AM

Many things come to mind as I think about the joys of the Christmas season. One of those joys is receiving Christmas cards!  I know in this age of technology that snail mail is not always the best way to communicate.  However there is something special to me about receiving a Christmas card.  Judy and I have received several cards this Christmas from friends, relatives, and neighbors.  My sister even sent me a card from her cats.  It was a “Meow-y Christmas“ greeting.

I cannot send a card to each of you but I do offer praise to God for such a generous faithful and loving congregation. You inspire me by your willingness to be light in a world often filled with darkness. God is doing amazing things among us and for that I give praise to God for each of you.

The first Christmas was filled with praise, especially from the prophet Zechariah, Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, the angels in the Bethlehem field, and the shepherds returning from being in the presence of the Christ Child. Who could overlook the “Magnificat,” Mary’s song of praise (Luke 1:46-55):

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

While I cannot send each of you a card, I can offer you a Christmas blessing!
–– Mark

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