So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 Corinthians 5:17
I know, I know, you may be thinking Pastor is still hung up and basking in the wonderful glow of our Christmas Eve Worship and refusing to move forward. Well you are right that I am still filled with the joy of the time we spent worshiping together and celebrating Jesus’ birth. But I am not hung up and refusing to move forward because the truth is Christmas is not just one day, but a season of twelve days that goes from sunset on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) through Epiphany (Jan. 5). In doing a little research I found that the gift giving in some cultures even continues throughout all 12 of those days of Christmas, PLEASE no one share this information with my kids! But I decided that depending on when you receive this I still have a few more days to wish you a Merry Christmas, and I am going to make the most of them!
Of course we also have another significant day on the calendar, or actually it will be the first day on the calendar for us as we change from our 2019 to our 2020 calendars. Something about new years and the promised fresh start always seems to bring people hope, and to be clear I think hope in any shape or form is never a bad thing. However, as I was glancing through a devotional book the verse above from 2 Corinthians caught my eye. As Christians we are all about new life and new creation. Jesus even told Nicodemus that to enter the Kingdom of God one must be, “born from above”. As we finish our Christmas celebrations and start this new year together, I hope we can all live in to our status as one born from above. Take a quiet moment as we start this new year to remember your own faith journey. Remembering that when you accepted Christ for yourself you became a new creation born in Christ. My hope for all of us is that in remembering our own 2nd births we may relive that excitement and joy, but also that we may have the desire to share our story with others, to invite them into the one and only relationship that can truly transform their lives.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,