Merry Christmas

 I know for some of us this is truly the “Most wonderful time of the year.”   For others, this can be a really painful reminder of loss…or a  time of dissapointment when the season and those we love don’t exactly live up to what we expect from the “magic of Christmas”.  Whether you’re feeling like “jing-jingle-belling” or “cussing and yelling” because of this season I just wanted to remind you of two things…

You’ve given the gift of Joy to others.   Over 500 kids in York City schools were surprised with a new coat from someone they had never met…completely unexpected…no strings attached-because of you.  Two other families facing very tough circumstances were given coats and gift cards that will allow them to have a much brighter and less worrisome Christmas.   I personally received a lot of Joy from being part of a church that had a giant dancing Santa and a lighted “yard deer’ on Stage..not to mention you gave me a pie. :-)   Just sayin’…

We’ve been given the gift of Joy.  No strings attached.  No matter what our current circumstances are. 

 6 For a child is born to us,
      a son is given to us.
   The government will rest on his shoulders.
      And he will be called:
   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
      Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 7 His government and its peace
      will never end.
   He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
      for all eternity.  Isaiah 9: 6-7

Good wins in the end.  Justice and fairness will prevail.  Peace will someday be the rule instead of the exception.  Jesus has come, and an un-stoppable plan has been set in motion.   If for no other reason this Christmas season, we can take joy in that!

This sort-of-jolly fat man is looking forward to some time off to enjoy family, pie, and totally dominating my six year old in “kittens corner” on her new DS. shhhh!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

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