From Pastor Caroline (12/24/21)

December 24, 2021
Silent Night

I used to love going and visiting my grandparents. My grandaddy always had a story to tell. One filled with adventure and excitement. My grandparents were missionaries in the Belgian
Congo in the 1940’s. It was interesting times! I loved to hear the story begin, “in those days….”

“In those days” … so our Christmas story begins as well. It begins in those days of oppression and fear. In those days that were dark and lonely.

But something happens in our story. We move from “in those days” to “this day.” The angel said to the shepherds in the field, “Do not be afraid; …to you is born this day …the Messiah.”

Our story began “in those days” but it ended with “this day.” And it all happened very quietly, with little commotion or fanfare. And it happened “when [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger.”

We sing of a silent night. I’ve had 2 children and know the pain, and I know the cries of a newborn. I don’t think that night in that barn was all that quiet, but it was a silent night. It was an unexceptional birth of another baby born to poor parents with only the animals and the shepherds at visitation. It was a silent night that changed everything.

Are you living “in those days” or are you living in “this day”? Have you experienced that change in your life from a time of living in fear, a time of living under the rule of someone else? A time that is oppressive and dark?

If not, I have “good news of great joy that is for you”:

“this day a baby is born in the city of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
And “this day” is filled with hope and with light.

May you experience the Advent of Christ in your life this day!
Christmas Blessings,

Pastor Caroline