“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace… and we shall call His name Immanuel” (God with us) Isaiah 9:6, 7:14
During this Christmas season, we remember all the blessings God has given us throughout the year and look forward to the turn of the New Year with renewed hope of receiving the continual grace He pours out on us. “Christ in us” is our hope of glory. A glory that can only be realized in the faith and the service of our King Jesus. We worship and thank Him for the everlasting life He gives us.
This year was certainly a walk of faith, not blindly but in the reality that life happens all around us every day. Some of those circumstances were hard to bear, some were delightful and full of joy, others were the day to day movement of our lives in and around friends we are close to, those we work with and those we met for the very first time. Through all those days, God was with us. He comforted us through sorrow. He filled us with joy of new life. He celebrated with us the joining of lives together. He was with us in our travels, in our moments of silence and as we met together to express our faith through worship and prayer.
Many times, we were not even conscious of God being with us and working His Life in us. None-the-less, He is faithful and sustains us every day. He fulfills His promise to us made centuries ago through the prophets and writers of the Bible. Today, we have Jesus, the living Word, proving to us His Life is real, through the power of His Holy Spirit. As we breathe, He provides life worth living. He guides us into truth and love for one another. He establishes His Kingdom in us by revealing Himself through spiritual eyes as we turn to Him and bow our knee to His throne.
Join us this season in worship and praise of the only King worthy of laying down our lives for, King Jesus Christ our Lord. May your Christmas time be filled with joy and laughter in celebration of the His birth. May you be filled with the love and hope of His everlasting life because He has promised, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age”. Matthew 28:20
Our love to you, from Doug, Tara, Zach, Eli and Andrew.