A Christmas Message from the Bishop

A Christmas Message from the Bishop


Dear Friends in Christ:

Grace and peace to you. God help us all to find the peace promised to us, the peace that surpasses understanding, in this time of deep sorrow and mourning. The recent senseless murders of so many, including so many little ones, in Newtown, Connecticut leave us praying hard for such peace. Certainly we do not pray for ourselves alone; a society that has experienced several such mass murders in the space of just a few months can only be desperate for the peace Christ brings to the world. And this is to mention only the tragedies that have made recent headlines. There are so many more throughout this land and around our world, more than we can count, more than we know. Herod is still hard at work, everywhere around us, to willfully destroy the innocent. The Holy Family’s vulnerability to such evil is too personally familiar to far too many families today. Christmas today is no more exempt from senseless tragedy than Christmas was then, or ever has been. But God-with-us is still the greater truth, and our hope is not diminished. Darkness has not and will not overcome the Light that God has shined into this world and into our hearts in Jesus Christ.

I do not wish you a merry Christmas, for decent people will weep with those who weep in such a time. But I do pray that as you celebrate the gift of his Incarnation you will be filled with great joy and peace in Christ, who comes to deliver us from evil, and by whose power we shall overcome it.

Let us give glory to God in the highest, while we work for true peace on earth.

In Christ,

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Carol Chandler wrote:
Over the decades I've learned that, sadly, evil is and always will be present in our lives. And how I react to evil is what sets me apart as a Christian. The unabashed grace demonstrated by so many at Sandy Hook School confirmed my faith in humanity. I will always remember the teachers, such young women in their own right, standing face to face with evil and defending their charges with their lives. This is the lesson and image that will help give me joy this season. I only pray I can react with such grace if an equivalent situation arises.

Mon, December 17, 2012 @ 5:57 PM

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