From the Desk of Pastor Mike:
Wow, it seems like everyone is starting to get into the Christmas spirit. Stores are lining their aisles with Christmas decorations and toys, TV shows have switched to the theme of Santa and giving, and Christmas wish lists are floating about everywhere. And why shouldn't they, after all it is that time, the meaning of the season, right? Not quite.
You see, the very first Christmas seemed to do without all of these things. The very first Christmas somehow started a whirlwind without the power of TV and computers, without Candy Canes, without Santa, and without Christmas sales. Even more amazingly, the very first Christmas involved a poor couple, nobodies if you will, who would lay the most precious child of all in a manger, God's own Son. (Luke 2:4-7)
Black Friday reminds me how far we have come from the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Savior who came into this world to die... for everyone. Jesus was God's ultimate gift to us.
So today, celebrate the Christmas Season, with the trees, ornaments, lights, Santa and the fun traditions of the season. But, let's take time to remember the true meaning of Christmas: Peace on Earth, Good will toward Men, for the Savior has come to show us He loves, by being the greatest gift of all.