It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and I'm writing this for the December newsletter.  It reminds me of the rush to Christmas.  Advertisers and marketing companies are quick to start the push to prepare for Christmas even before Halloween.  It appears that Thanksgiving is being shoved to the side as a holiday by those who deem things worthy of our attention.  Thanksgiving and Christmas used to complement one another, and Thanksgiving ushered in the season of packing on the pounds for winter.  Celebrating with family and friends is usually fun, unless we allow it to become stressful.

The life we’ve been given, I believe, is to be lived with as little stress as possible.  Yes, I know that we have stressful times in our lives and many can’t be avoided.  But aren’t we told to trust and know that we have received new life in our Savior and Lord?  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17.

So, as we go through this season, let’s remind ourselves of why we should be so thankful, and full of joy and peace.  Let’s remember that Jesus brings us to a new way of looking at and experiencing all that life has to offer.  Take advantage of being with family in whatever capacity that may be, and cherish the memories you make.  May we be generous with what God has given us so that we reflect His glory to those around us.  Let your "attitude" be guided by "gratitude", and not by stressful situations that may distract you from Him and His goodness.  And more that anything else, let us all share how good God is to send His only son, our Savior and Lord, to the people He created and loves in spite of how often He is rejected.  May our time of celebration always remind us of the new life we have been given in Christ Jesus!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.  The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:1-14

Merry Christmas!  God is good, all the time!

In Christ’s Love,

Rob     Romans 12