So many pastors have posted poignant and relevant reflections regarding this second COVID Christmas on social media or in church e-newsletters. As you enjoy a few days to rest with extra time for family during this Christmas break, take a moment to ponder the following admonition offered by Ken Banks to the Blacks Harbour family…”As we wind down 2021, I think that we all can relate to the feelings of fatigue and frustration. The past 1.5 years has been a hard slog for many of us. And who among us knows how much further we will need to go. It is easy to grumble and growl (believe me, I know). But let’s not park there.
Instead, may you and I as people of faith in Christ Jesus, listen to His words rather than those of others or even ourselves. Yes, He said that we would have troubles in this world – and we certainly do; but that we are to take heart, for He has overcome! Let’s not choose the easy route of living in the land of the grumpy, though often justified, but rather choose to practice what Jesus taught us…to love Him and to love others.
We are to be salt and light in a dark and weary land. People need the Lord. We are called to follow Jesus…to do the will of the Father…and to live in victory. We need His help each and every day to do that. Like Joshua, let’s choose to serve the Lord. The Church and her people are at their best when we do.
We can lament our losses. Grief is real. God understands. He is the God of all comfort; and we can cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. At the same time, Jesus invites us to abundant life. So as we approach Christmas, remember that God is with us. We are not alone. The best is yet to come! Merry Christmas!”
- Joy is more contagious than Covid-19. (Luke Anderson)
- Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. Forgiving means abandoning your right to pay back the perpetrator in his own coin. (Desmond Tutu)
- Best of all, God with us. (John Wesley)
Our National Superintendent, Dr. Steve Elliott, has issued a 65-day challenge to all Wesleyans to read and journal through a significant portion of the New Testament, beginning Jan. 17, through to Good Friday. For those who want to accept the challenge, the reading schedule and journals are available at our cost of $6.50 (incl. shipping) directly from our national office (Stephen@wesleyan.ca).
- All pastors who attend will receive a personal copy of Pete Scazzero’s work on emotional health for leaders which has been game-changing for so many Kingdom undershepherds. If you want an introduction to Pete’s work, here is Carey Nieuwhof’s latest conversation with him.
Thank you for your generosity – Merry Christmas!