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Pastor Polly

December 2017

Dear Friends,

As I write this article, Thanksgiving is past, Black Friday sales have turned into Cyber Monday specials. In some way, I am already tired of the season because of the pressures the world puts on us to have a perfect holiday. So this Christmas Season, I am determined to focus on joy - - the joy of the season, the joy of family and friends, joy of the birth of Jesus.
Some of this was brought on by reading from a homily written by Pope Francis in December of 2013 about the joy of Jesus. Pope Francis wrote:

We always think of Jesus when He preaches, when He heals, when He travels, walks along the street, even during the Last Supper. But we aren't used to thinking about Jesus smiling, joyful. Jesus was full of joy, full of joy. In that intimacy with His Father: 'I rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and I praised the Father.' It is precisely the internal mystery of Jesus, that relationship with the Father in the Spirit. It is His internal joy, the interior joy that He gives to us.

The world tells us that the joy of Christmas is found in happy children, Jolly Old St. Nick, perfectly decorated homes, and finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. The true joy of Christmas is found in a baby born in Bethlehem. In Isaiah 9:6 we read, “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” This child born for us, this son given to us is our Savior! He is the true reason for joy during this Christmas season!

On Christmas eve, we will sing Silent Night, Holy Night as we pass the light of Christ to one another. Before we leave to go to homes that night, we will sing the first verse of Joy to the World. My charge to you during this month of December is to not wait until Christmas eve to proclaim the true joy of the season.

Joy to the world!
The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Grace & peace,
Pastor Polly

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