Dear Family and Friends,
Luke 2:24 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!
Once each year, Christmas comes around again to remind us that…God’s Son has come to earth…and now we must do the singing! And look how we have tried. Without question, one of the best and most beloved parts of the celebration of Christmas is the music! The good news of Christmas is so awesome, so full of wonder, that it’s not enough to just talk about it. We have burst forth in song. We have to sing it.
Think of it. These are the powerful anthems of Handel, Beethoven, Mozart and Bach.
The beloved carols like “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, “Joy to the World”, “The First Noel”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, and “Silent Night”. When we go back to Bethlehem, we discover that real peace means being set right in all our relationships. It means being…right with God, right with ourselves, and right with other people.
This is precisely what happened to George Frederic Handel…Christ brought peace to his anguished spirit. He was frustrated with himself, cut off from other people, at odds with God. He was sick; his eyes were beginning to fail him. He was out of money. He felt empty, dejected, lonely, hopeless and miserable, his creativity had disappeared – but then Christ was born anew in his heart and Christ stilled those storms in his life that were tearing him apart…and he became a new person…And where there had been strife, now there was peace. Where there had been fear, now there was courage…and where there had been emptiness, now there was incredible creativity. He grabbed his pen and paper and composed one of the most beloved pieces of music ever written, the “Messiah”.
That’s the way it works. Christmas is the dramatic reminder that Christ came into this world to redeem us and to bring peace to our troubled souls. If in faith we will accept it, Christmas has a great gift for us – the Gift of Peace.
May the peace of God fill you through and through! From all of us here, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Ronald L. Bernier, Pastor Adelson Nalini, Pastor