The other day I wished you a Happy Holiday and gave you a summary of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas. Today, it is my joy to wish you a Merry Christmas to all my regular readers, regardless of your faith background! As a Christian pastor, I remind you the story of Christmas is that God has come near.

 ChristmasI love this scripture from John 1, “Because He was full of grace and truth, from him we all received one gift after another. The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth coma through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But God the only son is very close to the Father, and he has shown us what God is like.”

God became flesh and made His home among us in the baby born in Bethlehem. Let him be as human as he intended to be. Let him into the mire and muck of our world. For only if we let him in can he pull us out. Merry Christmas!

4 responses to Merry Christmas!

  1. Cris Crider on December 27, 2012 at 8:33 AM Reply

    This Christmas wish is the best, most honest and meaningful message I’ve yet received! Thank you!

  2. anolddisciple on December 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM Reply

    I like the greeting “Joyous Advent” better than “Merry Christmas.” Merry has a lightheartedness with a savor of partying that it seems to me does not do justice the glorious event of Jesus’ birth. “Christ Mass” carries the connotation of a religious ritual that is alien to my evangelical heritage. I like the sense that happy of “Happy Holidays” carries less the sense of gaiety and “Holy Days” fits my sense of reverence for this wonderful event, wishing people a “Joyful Advent” echoes the angels announcement of “tidings of great joy” and the “unto you is born.” So, Dennis, a Joyful Advent to you, your family, and all the church that you pastor.

  3. Janet on December 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM Reply


  4. Sheralee Tonnessen on December 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM Reply

    Thank you! Merry Christmas!

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