I love Thanksgiving and Christmas. Well, most years, anyways! The glow of tiny bulbs in front yards… the Christmas songs on the radio… even the reruns of Charlie Brown and George Bailey on TV (the scripts of which are permanently etched into my memory), all of these are welcome markers of the season.
But large family gatherings sometimes mean old conflicts can bubble to the surface. Take 20 of your favorite (or not so favorite) relatives, jam them all into your living room, add a little wine, and that ‘holly, jolly Christmas’ can go up in the flames of conflict.
“Blessed are the peacemakers” Jesus said. “Children of God”, he called them. Do people think of us as “The Peacemakers” in our families, at our workplaces, in the public square? They should! The Sunday we’ll discover how to become the image of Christ (the Prince of Shalom) in our world.
I’m also excited to celebrate ‘Giving Thanks’ weekend this Sunday. What are you thankful for this year? Where has God blessed you? You’ll have a chance to share that (if you wish) with your church family!
See you soon! ~ Pastor Mac
PS: Don’t forget the big Christmas Fair at church tomorrow. There’s all kinds of goodies in the Fellowship Hall. My personal goal is to bake 60 loaves of bread. Anyone wanting coffee and conversation at 6am… come see me!
(Read Mt 5:1-11 here if you want to get ahead. The Holman Christian Standard Version does an excellent job at accurately translating the text)