Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | June 19, 2007

Christmas 2001 Message

I hope this message finds you all in reasonably good spirits this Christmas. In light of the events of September 11, I’m sure many of us (myself included) are having a bit of a “blue” Christmas this year. Even if we were not personally affected, as we celebrate Christmas, we are also grieving with those whose loved ones will not be here this Christmas.

A catchphrase that has seemed especially poignant this year is “Remember the Reason for the Season”. In spite of the events of the past few months, let us remember what happened in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. The greatest Gift to mankind was born there in a humble stable. God became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ, and I believe that He mourns with those who are mourning this Christmas. However, Christmas is still a reason for joy at any time. God loves us, and became one of us for our sakes.

This Christmas, let us pray for:

Peace in the world, and goodwill among the nations

For the leaders of the nations, that God will guide them in the ways of righteousness and peace.

For the poor, the sick, the hungry, the persecuted, the injured, all who are hurting this Christmas, and those who mourn, that they may know the healing power of Jesus’ love

For our enemies and those we have a hard time forgiving, and all whom we may have harmed knowingly or unknowingly

For all who have not received the light of the Gospel, that they will come to know He who is the Light of the world

I’ll close with a few verses from one of my favorite hymns:

O come, Desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of all mankind

Bid Thou our sad divisions cease and be Thyself our King of Peace.

O come, o come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear

Amen.


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