(John 1:1, 14b, CEB)
I find it interesting how much “future orientation” is involved with the Christmas and Advent season. On the surface it looks like an orientation toward making it through and completing the Holidays, but I think it is actually much more than that. I believe that all our planning and prepping in anticipation of the coming Christmas holiday is really fueled by a hope toward our future well beyond any given December 25th. Perhaps not so much in toward keeping around all those continuous holiday songs, all the used wrapping paper, or even all the decorations. Rather, it is a hope for a world continually transformed by the continuous presence of Christ in it.
May you be filled with such anticipation and hope in this Advent and Christmas season. May you invite others into that experience that they may share in its message and promise for the future. And may this Advent and Christmas season offer you peace, love, joy and hope, for a future that not only extends beyond Dec. 25, but also into eternity.
Peace and blessings to you, your families and friends … Pastor Bob