It’s been a VERY tough year. 2020 has been packed with many twists and turns that have made our heads spin. But it's that time of year again. December is almost here, and with it, all the joys of Christmas. I think Christians are looking forward to this Christmas in a way that they never have before. People are craving peace, unity and most and above all LOVE! In today’s environment, we have seen so much division and anger, that we are exhausted. Our spiritual well seems to have gone dry. Christmas and all it’s celebrations, is the shining light at the end of an unbelievable year. Let’s make this Christmas a little different. Let’s make this Christmas not about the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets…although those are wonderful parts of Christmas. Let’s make this Christmas about loving thy neighbor. Loving thy neighbor regardless of what religion they follow, what political party they identify with or whether or not they wear a mask.
The Gospel of Matthew "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (22:37-39).
Christmas is a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world.
Why did He come? Why did God send His son to this sometimes cruel and hard world? He sent Jesus to us so that one day, He would grow up to become a very important part of history. His story (history) is one of truth, love, and hope. It brought salvation to all of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins.
Jesus loved his neighbor, his enemies and his people. He didn’t divide us into little groups, he loved us all. Let us truly learn from his example. Now. When it’s the hardest. Love thy neighbor.
I love you.