Merry Christmas from our home to yours, from the church family to your family, and from my heart to yours. I don't know if this Christmas has been a holly, jolly one for you, or more somber. But I sincerely hope that no matter what you are doing (or have done) for Christmas and New Years you will, at some point, experience some of those Christmas feelings that we have explored over the past four weeks of services. What have we discovered?
- Hope that is grounded in knowing that God is with you, God loves you, and everything will be okay. This is a hope that is grounded in the experience of God showing up for us over and over and over again!
- Peace that comes from actively participating in God's kingdom of love, justice, and equality coming into being here and now in a world that has need of it.
- Joy that springs from knowing that God loves us just as we are and that this love is a lineage we are given without any cost or expectation.
- Love that welcomes, encourages, and empowers you to reach beyond yourself and love others in the very same way.
Looking into the New Year remember that things are happening at Lakeview! New things, exciting things, things that make people feel welcome, valued, and like they belong. If you haven't been in a while, take a Sunday or two to get reacquainted—I think you will be glad you did. We would love to have you join us—you are missed!
If you are someone who comes regularly and sometimes wonders how to explain what you get from the Sunday service here is a gift for you. "What you Never Know You Miss By Skipping Sunday Morning" is an article written by a regular person (not a minister, grin, no guilt) who had time away from the church and then realized what she was missing. I'm glad she put her thoughts on paper and that Carey Nieuwhof shared it on his blog. I think you will find it a good read that reminds us of the reasons we keep doing what we are doing ... getting up on Sunday's and coming to worship together!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
God bless you all!