Saint Augustine points to the early Christians’ tradition of celebrating Christmas in the winter as anything but coincidental. In the Northern Hemisphere, we have just passed the darkest day of the year and now move into a period of ever-increasing light and a new year brimming with hope and enthusiasm.
As ancient as the festival of Christmas may be, its message (and popularity) has never waned. At its essence, it is too simple and too joyful to be corrupted! The coming of God into the world to be with us is a time of light and peace. Even for those who struggle at this time of year, the reminder of God’s closeness to his people in the person of his son, Jesus, pacifies and enlightens the human soul.
Each year the joy of Christmas directs us to contemplate light over darkness, peace over strife, and actions of grace over despondence or isolation. Just as the meek child born in Bethlehem would go on to save the world, so too do our own prayers and actions, enlivened by the spirit of Christmas, point to the great rewards that God has in store for all of us, no matter how small or quiet we may estimate them to be.
In the coming year, let us join with all people of prayer and peace to give glory to God as children of light and peace.
— The Rev. Ryan Creamer
Pastor, Most Holy Trinity and St. Peter's Church