By Pastor Tim Eaton
It’s no laughing matter. Recent news events have been some of the most horrific we have heard in a long time. From across the globe to our own back yard, people of evil intent have sought to take lives and frighten others to their core. It’s demoralizing to hear the news. We struggle to get past the sadness of wonderful lives lost for no reason. We join the bystanders in their terror and fear for their lives. It destabilizes our everyday life – we wonder: might I encounter a similar fate in some day-to-day event?
The timing of these events couldn’t be worse. They cast a dark shadow over the Christmas season. After all, the San Bernardino attack was at a holiday party. But far from ill timed, Christmas came at just the right time (Galatians 4:4-5). God sent His Son into the world to shine a light into the shadowy events of our world. Isaiah 9:6 proclaims, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and he will be called Prince of Peace.”
Peace seems to have been destroyed by recent events, but we are comforted to know that victory belongs to someone else. Jesus promised as much in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus, the real meaning of Christmas, turns our mourning into dancing. Let Him light up your world with candlelight services this Dec. 23 and 24. And, if being broke after Christmas has you down, then start the New Year with laughter at a FREE comedy concert on Sat., Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. – featuring the award-winning comedian, Nazareth! Get your free tickets online today at EdgewaterLutheran.org.
Edgewater Lutheran Church meets Sundays at 10 a.m., worshiping at Harada Elementary, 12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA, 92880;http://www.EdgewaterLutheran.org.