[This message was first posted on Christmas Eve 2009.]
The two main events in the Christian calendar are celebrations of the Promise and the Fulfillment. Christmas calls on us to reflect on the Promise delivered - the arrival of Emmanuel, God with us, that made real what had long been promised. By His appearance among us, the Promise of the good news and a new covenant of salvation between Man and God became an historical event. He had come.
As Christians, we take great joy in the remembrance of that little noticed event two thousand years ago, an event that would alter the course of Man and his empires. Today, in our own country and around the world, Christians again stand battered and confused by forces and events we scarcely understand. But Christmas reminds us once more of the real hope for a better world in which we, in His image, will all have the freedom to grow and give according to the talents and opportunities afforded us.
Jo Ann and I wish all of you a joyous Christmas, and a new year where ‘Better!’ will properly respond to every ‘How are you?’ coming your way.