Jeremiah 31:3:  The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

            Think about what you just read.  God came to tell us that He has loved us with an everlasting love.  Wow!  It can’t get any better than that.  It means no matter what I’ve done, He loves me.  I can’t change His love for me. That everlasting love enables Him to forgive our sins and mistakes and all of our trespasses.  Is that good news or what?

            Many of us have been hurt by someone who told us they loved us, and at times that leaves scars that aren’t easily removed.  But our Heavenly Father says He loves us with a love that will never end.

            As we come into this Christmas season, please remember that it isn’t about Santa, or the reindeer. Nor is it about the tree and gifts beneath.  It’s about the true gift that was given to us by God Himself; Jesus.  Our God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son so that we might have eternal life.  The thing is, that gift like the ones beneath your tree has to be opened and accepted to be enjoyed.

            This Christmas season may look a little bleak to you because of Covid-19; isolation, depression and fear seem to be dominating everyone’s thoughts.  I read a list of 35 places you are most likely to catch this virus. Among them, grocery stores, parks, walking outside, family gatherings, hair salons, nail salons, work, school and church.  As I read the list I realized about all I could do safely was sit all alone in a corner in my house and not go anywhere or see anyone.  Wow, not much to look forward to is it?

            For years I’ve taught the ladies I speak to that our children will either inherit our fear or our faith.  I have chosen to leave my children a legacy of faith.  This year we will have kids and grandkids at our house from Florida and Colorado.  Of course, we will always wear masks and stay six feet apart with no hugs, no games at the dining room table and no cuddles watching Hallmark movies.  NOT!!!

            When I became a Christian, I learned that the truth will set you free.  Christ is the truth and I am free indeed. I need to hug my kids and G-kids, we need to love each other.  Life is too short to do otherwise. (Now, if you are sick you should avoid being around others).  But, let me tell you, we are all grown-ups.  We have common sense and we will use it. Right?  So, having added that disclaimer, I encourage you to enjoy the season.  Get out and visit your local shops.  Call some friends and wish them Merry Christmas. 

            God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7).  Doesn’t that about cover it?  Don’t be afraid, God hasn’t put fear on us.  But He has given us power to stand boldly, and to love those around us, and He has given us a sound mind to make good and safe decisions.  So, using all of those wonderful gifts from Him, enjoy your Christmas season, your family, your friends and church group.  We will have a Christmas Eve service at New Season, we will use our wisdom, but we will worship our God.  Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!  And please remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.  Until next time!




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