Ministerial Christmas message: God rest ye merry gentlemen!

Wow! What a year it has been! Who would have ever guessed last Christmas that we would spend more time at home than anywhere else!

That words like “social distancing”, “COVID-19”, “flattening the curve”, and “quarantined” would likely be the most commonly used in our vocabulary!

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I am so thankful for the Christmas season as I find it always gives me a better perspective on life! Lately I’ve been playing Christmas Carols and I’ve been thinking about the old carol, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” If I were to write this carol today it might say,

God’s rest to you dear young and old, let nothing you dismay, for Jesus Christ our Savior was born upon this day, to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray. O good news of comfort and joy, comfort and joy; O good news of comfort and joy.

Seems we could have lots to be dismayed about these days until we remember that Jesus Christ our Saviour was born to save us from Satan’s power. We must remember that our enemy desires to capture our attention away from Christ and on to everything else that concerns us. He literally does want to lead us astray into fear, loneliness, and even anger.

What good news of comfort and joy we have! Christ has come! We do not need to live in fear and dread!

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

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