By Pastor Tim Eaton
Joy. Its as much a part of Christmas as trees, gifts, mangers, and mall Santas. We see signs that say it, and hear songs that sing about it. But do we have it? The tragedy of Christmas is that we often find a million reasons not to have joy at this “The most wonderful time of the year.” Spending too much on gifts, the pressure to have the house, the clothes, or the family just right; juggling family time with other commitments; or extended family drama can drain the joy right out of Christmas. For still others the joy of Christmas has been stolen more naturally by the onset of physical ailments or the loss of loved ones.
For a season of joy there sure seems to be a lack of it! But that’s exactly why God sent his son into the world. He sent him to be a gift to overshadow and overpower even the worst of joy stealers. His gift of Jesus was announced with these words: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” (Luke 2:10) Indeed, he is greater than whatever troubles you have! This Christmas clear away the stress and the clutter and remember the one who is the reason for the season is greater than the stressors of the season. When your Christmas isn’t perfect remember that HE IS the perfect gift for you.
Some people love wrapping gifts – other can’t stand it! To restore your holiday JOY, Edgewater will be offering totally free (no donation) gift wrapping in front of Kohl’s in Eastvale on Sunday, December 16th from 2 to 5 pm. We are gathering a team that love wrapping just in case you don’t.
Put the JOY back in your Christmas: Christmas Music Celebration 12/23 5pm Christmas Eve 12/24 5pm. Pastor Tim Eaton, Edgewater Lutheran Church Sundays at 10am, Harada Elementary, 12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA 92880, http://www.EdgewaterLutheran.org