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Message for Christmas Eve 24 December 2020

God bless you on this marvelous Christmas Eve. Prepare for the Christ child to inspire and empower you this wonderful season.

Amid the holiday cheer arises a profound question: How do you feel about your life? Christmas is a great time to reassess who and what you are. To achieve growth, consider the possibility of a spiritual rebirth. This may be easier than ever for you to accomplish because American culture is peppered with images of Jesus’ physical birth, including the manger scene with the adorable baby surrounded by Mary, Joseph, shepherds and angels, and even quiescent animals. As charming as is a manger’s idyllic image, God wants you to transcend sentimentality and nostalgia. Instead, God invites you to embrace spiritual rebirth, which is a renewed life from the inside/out. Are you ready for the potential of a positive, decisive change in your life?

Jesus’ birth is not merely an historical event to be obscured by rampant materialism and holiday dinners. Jesus is God’s gift to the world and the Christ child beckons you to overcome distractions as you embrace the embodiment of divine love. God’s presence can revive you through the dynamic symbolism of Jesus’ birth, a reminder of the promise and possibility of life renewal. Your challenge involves embracing God in a persistent, pervasive manner. Despite your circumstances, renewal is possible if you seek it. Once realized, you will know that God’s presence is an extraordinary gift that keeps on giving.

You’re invited to embrace the joy beyond even the beauty of seasonal imagery. Amid the wonderful light and life of the season is more than just good cheer. Your participation in St. John throughout the year can enhance your life. We need your consistent presence if St. John is to remain a viable, healthy church. We encourage you to share your faith with the world–you can DO it! What this means is that we’ll help you partner with God to help existing Christians become Disciples (the “D”) and then to partner with God to produce new Christians through Outreach (the “O”)—hence you can DO it.

The power of your spiritual life is demonstrated through your living of Jesus’ message, which involves receiving and sharing God’s love and truth. This means that you are challenged to match your words with your behavior, your talk with your walk. The sincerity of your Christian faith attends closely with how you think and live, with your attitudes and actions. As a child of God you are both privileged and honored to make a powerful difference in the world.

Here you are on Christmas Eve filled with joy and good intentions. Take all this positive energy and strive for what God is calling you to accomplish. As you dedicate your life anew, the challenges you encounter can help you overcome distractions, disruptions and deceptions. God can help you grow stronger by transcending any and all obstacles.

On behalf of my wife Cynthia and son Sean, I wish you a blessed Christmas. I pray that God will inspire you to accomplish wonderful acts of compassion (which is love in action). Let us therefore enter a covenant, a sacred agreement one with another, such that our spiritual vitality will extend into 2021 and beyond. God bless you and Merry Christmas!      –Reverend Hoxey

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