November 26, 2021

 December; one of my favorite months and one of my least favorite months.  My favorite month because I love Christmas.  I love Christmas songs, Christmas trees, decorations everywhere, stores playing Christmas music, people seeming more cheerful, watching A Christmas Carol for the thousandth time.  My least favorite month because after Christmas we have a bleak, cold, dreary few months ahead of us, and I just moved into the country with a ¼ mile long driveway!  Thankfully, I’ve got a tractor with a plow and snow blower; but still, be gentle with me Jesus!

As most of you know, I’ve got six children.  Every year I struggle to find gifts (not to mention the money…) to excite and impress them all.  My wife and I thought it might be a better idea to get them one thing they need, one thing they want, and one thing that will help them to grow, and then take them on a vacation for Christmas instead of a dozen presents to each child, most of which they will only play with once.  This way we still have the presents under the tree, but we also get to create beautiful memories by taking them on a trip. 

Nearly 2000 years ago, God gave us the perfect gift, Jesus Christ.  The world has been dramatically changed because of this One Life which came to earth through the Virgin Mary.  Napoleon is quoted as saying, “I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.” Even Napoleon, ruthless as he was, could see that Jesus Christ created an empire built on love, and millions would give their life for Him.  Time started over when Jesus came to earth.  This is the year 2021 A.D., Anno Domini, in the year of our Lord. 

We are in Advent season.  During Advent season we remember the birth of Christ on Christmas day, but nearly all the Scripture readings are concerning the second coming of Jesus Christ; His second Advent.  This Advent season, start anew in Christ.  Rededicate yourself to Jesus Christ.  If you’ve been away from church, come back and give your life to Christ.  You are loved and welcomed. 

Wishing a Blessed Advent to you all,

Pastor Paul Thompson