Christmas Greetings from the NYAC Staff

Christmas Greetings from the NYAC Staff

12/19/2012

"For unto us a child is born, a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God! Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Is. 9:6).

Beloved New York Annual Conference, given the recent tragedies in our area, it would be easy to skip Christmas this year. However, as we remember the journey of Jesus, we are reminded that he was born homeless, to a teenaged unwed mother and a skeptical father. Also, soon after his birth, danger showed up and the family had to flee for their lives. Jesus understands our pain. He lived it, in fact. He gave His life in part to assuage our suffering. Instead of canceling Christmas, let me suggest that we agree to lean into Jesus. As you gather with those dear to you, spend time with the Word of God. Read Luke 2:1-20 out loud. As you envision that miracle birth, believe that God is not done with us; miracles are with us still. As you share the story, center on the players in the narrative: the Shepherds, the Angel, Mary, Joseph, the multitude of the Heavenly Hosts, and finally the Christ Child. Can you picture it? Jesus wrapped in rags, presented in Glory. Yes, let us celebrate Christmas with Jesus. He knows all about our troubles, our pain, and our joy.

I pray the blessings of God for you and your loved ones. I thank God for the privilege of serving as your Bishop.

Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let Earth and Heaven ring.

All my prayers,

Bishop Martin D. McLee