The church year once again went by in the blink of an eye.
There were many good things and plenty of challenges – lots of good challenges. During the year we have come to realize that our congregation can live very well as renters. We have experienced that the fellowship of the congregation can remain alive even though we don’t see each other on a weekly basis. We have hopefully learned to complain less, thank more, and our mutual respect and love for each other has increased.

December is a magical time even in the midst of a pandemic. The sweet sounds of Christmas, the scents, the colors are not only sensations we experience, but they touch us deep inside. Christmas cannot be explained, it must be experienced.

The shepherds were not satisfied with staying on the sidelines, but they had to experience the first Christmas up close. The words of the angel “For you, today is born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” were not just an plain announcement, but a call to life through the birth of the Savior.

I believe that you have been called to the side of the manger as well, not as an onlooker, but as a participant in the Christmas story. This Christmas Jesus-child is born within us, and we as Christians can give form to that child in our family, in our congregation, and in our community. Our Savior lives in us through the words we speak and how we act. The light of Christmas is spread through us, by serving others unconditionally. Many of you are already great examples of this, and for that I thank our Heavenly Father.

I thank you all for the past year, the trust you put in me and your prayers. Peace and joy for Christmas time!

Pastor Mia