From Pastor’s Desk

Curly head dolls that toddle and coo. Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too. Santa Claus is comin’ to town.

You’ll hear those lyrics often during the holiday season – a song about a man who’s coming to bring all sorts of gifts. But, are they really gifts? The definition of a gift is “something given voluntarily without payment or condition.” The man in red has conditions.

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout.
He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good…

If you give someone a gift only if they meet certain criteria, that is not a gift.

There is one who is coming, bearing real gifts, profoundly important gifts. Jesus came that first Christmas to win forgiveness and give all the gifts that come with it: hope, peace, joy, love. He is coming again at the end of this world to give you the gift of resurrection to eternal life. In the season of Adent, we connect Christ’s first coming with his second coming. We rejoice in all the unconditional gifts he gives. As Christians, we also strive to share those gifts with other souls this holy season. Please invite your friends, relatives, acquaintances and neighbors to join us for worship and to hear about Jesus, because, unlike Santa, Jesus’ name is not one letter off from Satan. Unlike Santa, Jesus doesn’t distract people from the Christmas gospel – Jesus is the Christmas gospel. Unlike Santa, Jesus loves you. Unlike Santa, Jesus is real, and not a lie. Let’s tell people the truth and tell them about Jesus.

He is coming, bearing gifts. Let us prepare our hearts…and the hearts of others…to meet him.

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