Christmas in September
Merry Christmas! (Yes, it is September.)
I jokingly say, with some grain of truth, that Christmas for me is not a season but a state of mind. When we have large Christmas Outreach events, it takes months of planning and rehearsing and it seems that I listen to Christmas music literally all year long.
This year I am fascinated with the stories of Christmas. Iconic animated features like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the festive music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, or beloved stories on film like It’s a Wonderful Life; have grown to be a part of our celebrations each year. Yet the true story of Christmas – the story of God becoming a baby to save a lost world by dying on the cross for our sins – is timeless and the reason why we celebrate. This real story of Christmas transcends the season and should be celebrated every day of the year. The story of Christmas never changes – yet Jesus changes everything. I trust that your life’s story is forever changed and becomes part of God’s story of Christmas, hope, and salvation. Merry Christmas.
by Doug Friesen, Pastor of Worship Ministries