As we turn our calendar to the month of December what is occupying our thoughts?
Is it the Covid-19 Pandemic that has changed our lifestyles and, for many, the loss of family and or friends?
Is it the Christmas lights that we see more and more being turned on that brings light and pleasure? Is it the Christmas holidays that so many look forward to enjoying in just taking a break? Is it the sharing and exchanging of presents, family and friends enjoying the traditional turkey dinner?
Is it the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ who came to earth as a babe to be Saviour for those who place their faith and trust in Him?
Each of these matters are real and legitimate for us all. Covid-19 has been a global pandemic that has challenged and affected all of us in so many different ways in the last 10 months.
It appears that a vaccine will be available in the early part of 2021, but for those of us who proclaim our faith we need to be continually praying for family and friends who have lost loved ones, praying for healing for those presently sick, as well as protection from the pandemic for those who are still healthy.
Christmas lights serve as a great encouragement and reminder for those of faith to recognize Jesus words, “I am the light of the World.” There is encouragment in driving around our neighbourhoods looking at the Christmas lights and trees that are lit up.
There is something so special in having Christmas dinner with family and friends, but we also need to be sensitive and aware of those who are alone, are less fortunate, are hurting, are discouraged, or without faith especially during this pandemic period.
For those of us who have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, Yeshua as Saviour, Messiah and Lord, the month of December should be a time of reflection, examination, prayer, of being encouragers, of reaching out, respecting the government guidelines, of giving, of being creative, of letting the Holy Spirit guide and lead us.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we need to also be reminded of why He came and why we are part of His calling and purpose. Let’s start by examining whether we really do love Him with all our heart, and do we love our neighbor as ourselves?
— John Grady, Fort St. John
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