Greetings in the name of our coming Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
There's something about the season of advent that is exhilarating! There's just something about it that brings a sense of excitement to the dullness of winter. As Christians, we well know that the celebration of our Lord's birth is the reason for this season and the excitement that we have. That event, happening just over 2000 years ago, continues to bring joy and excitement to our world today. Even through all of the commercialism that has surrounded this wonderful holiday, we experience true joy as we have received God's one and only Son as a gift, and all the blessings that come with Him. That's what makes this the most wonderful time of the year.
Did you know that more Christian churches were built per capita during the great depression than any other time in American history? It's true. That statistic and phenomenon has always amazed me; how the church could grow and flourish in the midst of social and economic pressure. But it really shouldn't be shocking should it? God's people always come through for those in need of hearing or tasting the Gospel message of God's love for us in Christ. Nothing is going to slow down that opportunity train – not the economy, rumblings of global unrest, or even personal circumstance.
Our celebration of birth of Christ is truly a gift that reminds us that we will never be alone. Because of our Lord's promises, that He will be with us always to the very end of the age, we can be bold to confess our faith to the world around us. We are excited about the season of Advent and the coming of Christmas. But even more exciting is the fact that our Lord is coming again! Not in a humble or meager way, but with power and glory!
As we begin this new church year, we do so with our eyes on the past, concentrating on how God has provided for us. But we also begin with our eyes on the future, as our Lord blesses us with a new beginning. Most of all, especially in this season of Advent, reflect on the love of God in Christ Jesus, and the coming of our Lord in glory. May God continue to richly bless you throughout the season!
Pastor Christopher Crume