Isaiah 9:6

J. Fields
I absolutely love this time of the year. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday of
the year but the bad thing is we spend all year awaiting this season and before we can blink an
eye it’s over. I love the traditions that we are making as a family, the joy and excitement that my
kids represent make the season even brighter. As a family, we love driving around town looking
at Christmas lights especially at Sunken-Gardens and the tree at Rotary Park. We enjoy
watching Christmas movies, making holiday treats, visiting Santa, and the list goes on and on.
My kids are literally Christmas fanatics!
It is easy to get wrapped up in all the holiday hustle and bustle. The malls are crazy busy,
the mail is running overtime to deliver cards, and the delivery companies are driving like they’re
being chased down by crazy parents looking for the hottest toy for their kids. The holiday
couldn’t be complete without a lot of stress filling up our minds, after all the shopping
countdown is everywhere you look. My daughter and I went Black-Friday shopping this year, it
was her first real experience at seeing a bunch of adults running around like they’ve been
guzzling energy drinks non-stop for a week straight, yes adults honestly act completely bonkers
on this crazy shopping day!
The point of this letter is to encourage you to slow down and take a moment to just
breathe. The holidays are not established so that you are stressed to the max. The biggest issue
we face with Christmas in todays culture is it has become so commercialized, the beauty and
reason for this season have been overtaken by worldly standards. Now before you tell me that
I’m acting old fashion let me explain a few things. I love partaking in Black Friday shopping, I
love going and seeing Christmas lights or even seeing Santa but that does not mean I don’t stop
and reflect on the true meaning.
My prayer is that you and your family will take the time to just reflect on this beautiful
holiday season. Over two thousand years ago we were all given the most precious gift
imaginable, a baby who was prophesied years’ prior that would come and save the world from
all sins. Can you imagine how incredible it must have been to see Jesus Christ wrapped up
laying in a manger? We celebrate the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the One who
was sent from God Almighty to save all of humanity. Go, enjoy this season, have fun with
friends and family but remember that the season is about thanking God for the gift that no money
in this world could ever buy. Allow the world to see true Christmas Spirit shining through you.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his
shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting
Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6
Merry Christmas,
Pastor Jason

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