A Pre-Christmas Word

“And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). I hope and pray that all who so desire can celebrate Christmas in the familiarity and warmth of their beloved house of worship. I also believe that, were Jesus to be born this Christmas, his birth would be among those for whom there is no place in the inn. So, I look for Jesus on our southern border, in Ukraine, among the million people in our country who are without power because of the storm, as well as those who will spend Christmas in airports and along the road as they try to make it to loved ones for Christmas. I trust that, regardless of how we do or do not celebrate, Jesus will be born in and for our world and for you and those you love. If you are not able to make it to the warmth and familiarity of your beloved house of worship, the Christ child will make his way to you. Please be safe. We will release my videotaped Christmas sermon on Christmas Day at noon. Regardless of how you celebrate, I wish for you a most holy Christmas!

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