For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given..."

Isaiah 9: 6

The Spirit of God dwells in each of us as we prepare our hearts and homes for the coming of the Christ Child. This season is the season of joy and glad tidings unto all. We wait with anticipation, excitement, and expectation. We expect that Jesus will come again this Christmas asHe has every Christmas for over two thousand years. Even we, as adults, prepare with childlike glee in our eyes and a sprint in our walk, looking forward to sharing the great mystery of this time. We cannot explain it! We don't understand it! We cannot imagine what comes over us, to turn self-centered souls into creatures of generosity - but it happens!

The Spirit of the Advent/Christmas season overwhelms all of us, and our hearts overflow with wanting to share - wanting to care, wanting to spread the joy of the Babe - the Christ, around to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. 'Tis the season"! It's why we call ourselves Christians. We can do no less because it's all we know. God - Is - With - Us!! Emmanuel!! God came to earth for all of us and Christmastime, esspecially, is the time when our hearts truly open up to manifest love, peace, joy, and hope for a brighter tomorrow by sharing the love of Christ today.

To all members and friends of Zion United Church of Christ - my hope and prayer is that your Advent/Christmas Season is filled with joy - love - peace - and hope!!

Thank you so much for all the outpouring of love, care, and support you have shown this year to myself personlly as well as to our churchfamily. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all in the name of Jesus the Christ!!

In Peace and Love,

Randy