December 24, 2013

Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas! In these few quiet moments on the morning of Christmas Eve, I've been reflecting again on the significance of Christ's birth. "Today, in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord!" (Luke 2:11). This is good news...great news! And great news should be shared.

All of us likely have numerous Christmas traditions that fill our calendars. Perhaps your traditions include baking, shopping, crazy gift-exchanges, caroling for neighbours, eating turkey/ham/ribs, attending the Christmas Eve service, reading the Luke 2 passage around the dinner table, lighting advent candles, putting up lights, visiting family, sleeping around the Christmas tree, sending out Christmas cards, leaving your shopping until December 24th, or singing The Friendensfurst (with all the repeats!). Traditions are great. They help us focus on what is important during this Christmas season.

However, I'd invite you to think about your traditions and ask yourself a few questions. Why do we do this? What would happen if we changed a tradition? How might we include someone else in our tradition to share the love of Jesus in a more personal way? This may very well challenge us and take us out of our comfort zone, but might it not also help us in our desire to become adventurous Christ-followers who are enjoying a deepening relationship with God and reaching our friends, neigbours and world for Him?

I'd love to hear about your traditions. I'd especially love to hear about your new traditions that focus on sharing God's light and love with others. Share your stories. It will encourage others.

Blessings for Christmas and the new year!

Pastor Leonard

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