Pastor B’s Message
I came across a story involving the Post Office at Christmas time.
It begins with a clerk whose job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day, a letter came to his desk addressed in shaky handwriting to God. He thought he should open it to see what it was about.
This is what it said: “Dear God, I am a 93 year old widow living on a very small pension. Yesterday, someone stole my purse. It has $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension check. Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with. I have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope. Can you please help me? Sincerely, Edna”
The clerk was touched. He showed the letter to his co-workers. Each of them dug into their wallets and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96.00, which he put into an envelope and sent to the woman. The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow for the kind of thing they had done.
Christmas came and went. A few days later another letter came from the old lady addressed to God. All of the workers gathered around while the letter was opened. It read: “Dear God, how can I ever thank you enough for what you have done for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift. By the way, there was $4.00 missing. I think it must have been those thieves at the Post Office. Sincerely, Edna”
That story illustrates perfectly the dilemma God faced and the reason he sent Jesus. Like Edna for the Post Office, much of the world had a harsh, negative opinion of God, unjustly so, considering His many blessings, given so freely.
“If only they knew how much I love them; what I have done and am willing to do for them,” God thought. That thought became a word, a living word to the world, sent to reveal His heart, the depth of his compassion. “A light into the darkenss”--
For this Jesus was born.
For this Jesus lived.
For this Jesus died.
For this Jesus was restored to life.
The story of God’s love for the world, fully and uniquely expressed in Jesus, begins again this December in our Advent season of preparation and our Christmas season of reception and celebration.
Come! Follow that story of God’s compassionate heart throughout the year starting with the Advent announcement of hope, peace, joy, and love to the world. May these gifts be received by you and all your family again this Christmas.