Denise, Joy, Sue, and I would like to wish all of our family, friends, and supporters a very Merry Christmas!
Christmas is such a special time of the year, especially for those of us in the West. It’s that time of the year where our schedules are changed, our spirits are lifted, and the joy of Christ just seems to be more evident than at other times of the year.
At least it should be. I recently read these words of Pastor Paul Chappell concerning Christmas:
“It’s amazing to me that during such a wonderful time of year as Christmas—a celebration that is so significant to our faith—there are Christians who don’t benefit from the season. It’s incredible that we are willing to settle for ‘getting through’ it rather than celebrating it and benefiting from the focus on Christ.”
While it is difficult being away from our five children and their spouses, and our 15 grandchildren, during this time of the year, we are all grateful for God’s goodness over the years. And, we are thankful to be serving in a part of the world that has “no clue” what Christmas is about, and that we have the privilege to share with these dear folks, not only the meaning of Christmas, but the Christ of Christmas!
While reading my Bible this morning, I came to this passage in 1 Thessalonians 3. Great passage! Paul’s desire and prayer for the folks in Thessalonica.
If the Apostle Paul were to celebrate Christmas and/or New Years, I have a suspicion this might have been his “Christmas” or “New Year’s” prayer for family, friends, and for all those whom God had brought him into contact with.
Oh, Lord, may this be my prayer for myself, my family, and for all those you have given me influence over!
Again, just wanted to say to all of you, “Merry Christmas!”
Just a reflection or two on Christmas morning in Southeast Asia!