Message from Dan: This Christmas. . .

by | Dec 19, 2017 | North District Web Page, Featured-News, North District Newsletter

One thing I love about Christmas is that in it we have the opportunity to believe in miracles.

At Christmas, we are allowed to suspend the reality of this human-made world and believe in a new reality. . .the reality of hope, love, joy, peace. . .God born in and among us. . .the incarnation. . .God in flesh. . .a place in the inn for everyone.

This Christmas, I choose to see this new reality coming into my old world. I choose to see us as one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry with all the world. I choose to see the stranger as real, as human, as me. I choose to believe that we share a common heart and hope no matter our drastically differing opinions. I choose to let the candlelight reflect the possibility that every night can be a Silent Night — a Holy Night.

A week ago, I enjoyed such a moment at Hope United Methodist Church in Bullhead City. Pastor Rob Lee created a community meal and service in remembrance of homeless persons who died this past year. Community clergy and civic leaders offered prayers, reflections, and song. Homeless persons in the community were specially invited and provided transportation. We joined together at the table to break bread with the neighbor.

It was a holy night because. . .The community gathered. . .Candles were lit. . . Hope was present.

One thing I love about Christmas is that it gives us all the opportunity to BElieve in miracles. Enjoy this clip from the Hope UMC service. CLICK HERE

In Christ’s Peace and Hope,

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