Words of Encouragement
from Rhonda Abrams, Bereavement Coordinator
When you think about Christmas, you probably think of the traditional ways we celebrate the holiday: Christmas decorations, Midnight Mass, family gatherings, time away from work, and of course, the gifts. This year, I challenge you to step back and consider the real gift of Christmas: God stepping into our world as one of us. God intended His presence among us to be so personal and real that He came in the form of our frail, human nature, and was subject to the same pains, emotions, and temptations that we encounter on a daily basis. It’s through this gift of Jesus, that we have a model of how to draw close to God even in our brokenness. God, through Jesus, freed us to experience His grace and love more fully. He is present to you in infinite ways – including prayer, scripture, the sacraments, loved ones, and even use of our own gifts.
Know that when you experience His presence, you come away changed: New eyes, new heart, and renewed in spirit. The circumstances of life may remain the same or may even be rapidly changing, but you are settled in His peaceful, loving presence.
This month’s bulletin is about finding an anchor (God) in the midst of the storms of life and in the midst of this pandemic season. As one who grieves, be assured that you never walk that journey alone. All you have to do is call upon Him and He is there to help carry the heavy burden of grief. He walks with you every step of the way, making your burden lighter, maybe even bringing a bit of joy. Reach out for the gift of God’s presence among you today and every day!