Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note

Dear Memorial UM Family,

Can you believe that Christmas is around the corner! For me it has been a mix of time just flying-by and many stop-motion moments. However, when I reflect upon God's work and mercy in our lives, I cannot do anything else but being thankful for His love and grace for me. My family and I are doing well, waiting in Him for His perfect time for this whole process to finally be completed, but also trusting fully and completely that He knows what He is doing and more importantly in why He is doing it.

As Barbara and I were looking at pictures of my lovely from a few months ago, we were amazed to see how much she has grown and how her personality has been shaped. She now knows what she wants and how she wants it. But also, I can see her tender qualities flourish. Sometimes she can be a handful, but whenever she smacks me a big and lovely kiss on my leg with a hearty hug, I am immediately sold into that pure and unfiltered love. In a similar manner is when God reaches down to us to show us what unfiltered pure love means.

PLEASE READ THE EXCERPTS OF THE POEM "KING JOHN'S CHRISTMAS" FROM A. A. MILNE IN OUR DECEMBER NEWSLETTER, THAT HELPS TO ILLUSTRATE THIS POINT BEFORE YOU FINISH THIS MESSAGE.

This beautifully written poem illustrates what means to be undeserving people gifted with pure love. King John was not a good man, yet a big red india-rubber ball was gifted to him. In a similar way we were sinners undeserving not only of a big red india-rubber ball, but of God's only son whom was given to us and was born from water and spirit. We are undeserving people, yet God's love is extended to us by grace and mercy.

So, let this Christmas be an opportunity to reflect upon this and know that just as King John there are many people waiting to see if a big red india-rubber ball will come into their lives; be that person who serves as the window for the love of the Father to enter in their lives. Yes they may be underserving, yes they may even be mean-spirited, but just as they were we were, and yet God made a miracle in our lives. So Memorial UM Family, be blessed as you celebrate Christmas and reflect upon God's greatest miracle, his incarnation, and life amongst us.

My family and I wish all the best of God's blessings for this Christmas season.
May God be with you.
Amen.