After not gathering in person with family or our faith community last Christmas, we all have high hopes for this one!  We have been making plans and doing the best we could to create the safest possible gatherings. 


And then comes the “Herod” of our day trying to destroy the incarnation we have so longed for in the dark night of this pandemic, now 21 months and going.  Omicron may be Herod’s name this time.  In less than 12 hours I have heard from two different families in the church who are sick or have exposure, unable to safely gather with their church family in person for Christmas Eve Worship.  I am filled with heavy sighs and deep prayers for those of you who will not have the Christmas you hoped for because of Omicron. 


I am also filled with prayer for those whose "Herod" goes by other names like job loss, the death of loved one, illness, busyness, racism, hunger, complicated relationships, mental illness.  There are so many experiences in life that threaten to rob us of the incarnation of God into our lives. Yet, into whatever we are experiencing, God comes anyway.  The birth of Jesus, God’s love made flesh, comes without regard for the broken nature of our world, bringing a deep and lasting love.


May the love born on Christmas fill you this holy season with just what you need, even if it is not what you hoped for.

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Becky Jo

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