From Your Pastor

December 4, 2022

Dear Grace Family and Friends,

Let the Christmas rush begin!  Can you believe there are only 20 days until Christmas?  It hardly seems possible.  It’s the most glorious time of the year as we celebrate our Savior’s birth.  Some would argue that the Resurrection is of far greater consequence and I understand that perspective.  Without the resurrection we would have no hope.  But without the incarnation, there could be no resurrection!  So we should make much of Christmas.  The problem is we have made it the busiest season of all.  For most, the calendar is completely full for the next 4 weeks.  There are Church activities and work parties and school parties and family gatherings and gift exchanges with friends and loved ones.  It’s a whirlwind.  But if we aren’t careful, we’ll get to December 26 and realize we’ve spent very little time focusing on “the Reason for the Season.”  That’s why I think Psalm 46:10 is most pertinent during this season of the year: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  Scripture admonishes us at least 20 times to “be still.”  The Hebrew word used is “raw-faw.’”  It means to slacken, to cease, to be idle or to withdraw.  We’d be wise to heed God’s admonition.  No doubt we feel as though there are too few hours in the day as it is.  Yet disciplining ourselves to “withdraw” from our hectic schedules on a daily basis to take at least a few minutes to “be still” in the presence of God will change our lives.  It will also change our priorities.  I challenge us all to make that commitment “this Christmas.”  Don’t miss this opportunity to express genuine love and appreciation to the God who sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins.  He deserves that and much more.  I love you all and am honored to be your Pastor!  God bless you!

 

Pastor Bill