Dear Church Family,
Merry Christmas from our house to yours! Christ is born!
I was delighted to see so many of you last night. Our Christmas Eve services were amazing. Thank you for coming, for bringing your friends and relatives, and for celebrating the birth of Jesus in a way that was appropriately awe-inspiring. After 5 services, I’m tired, but it’s a really good tired. There’s nothing more I’d rather be doing than proclaiming that God has come to us!
As you read this, my family is taking part in the church tradition of delivering donuts to folks that have to work on Christmas Day. Last year we delivered to firehouses and to a day laborer station in McKinney.
When we pulled up to the day laborer location, we were struck by the sheer number of men who were out on Christmas morning hoping to find work, and we felt as though our small donut delivery, while a kind gesture, was woefully less than what Jesus would have us do for these people, His children.
Fast forward a year. We were recently talking about this with our small group, and we all agreed to work together to try and do something a bit more meaningful. So this morning, the six families that make up our small group are all meeting up before we open our own Christmas gifts, to make a very special delivery. Not only will these men get donuts and hot coffee, but we pooled together enough money to give each of them a day’s wage.
1 John 3:17 says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
Our hope and prayer in doing this is that on the birth of our Savior, these men will see this gesture as God’s provision in their lives and be free to enjoy a day of rest with their loved ones. What might you be able to do today to show the gift of love to someone in need?
I know that this day is a tough one for many of you. Perhaps you’ve lost a loved one recently. Maybe your marriage is on the brink of divorce, or your finances are unraveling. Whatever storm you are currently experiencing, I hope today you’ll rest in the victory God has for those who put their trust in the baby who was born in the manger more than two thousand years ago.
Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!
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