(Christ's birth is historical fact,
a Child born in a specific place to a specific mother
under the care of a specific father;
the "today" of Christ's birth of yesteryear
is as present now in this day's circumstances
as it was in Mary and Joseph's time,
a present-day fact of today's reality.
Today we have the same promise
that a Savior has been born to us,
One Who is with us in real time, right now, today.)
He is Christ the Lord!
(As the Messiah, the Anointed One,
He is truly Lord of our lives,
Lord over the turmoil, the disappointment,
the hurt, the fear, the lack, the despair, the illness,
the job, the bank account, the relationships,
the Lord of every aspect of our lives.
He doesn't see us as compartmentalized segments,
separating one part of our life from its other parts.
He sees us as a whole, as we truly are, in all our need,
and He has chosen to make Himself
our Lord, our Savior, our Christ,
our Redeemer, our Promised One!
As we welcome the coming New Year and whatever it holds,
may we welcome Christ Jesus as Savior with gladness and joy
and open our lives to all of Him in us!)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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