As a child there was always something about Christmas that was special, even magical. Today that magic is still very present, especially as we think of what an awesome event the birth of Christ was. This was not something God did on a whim, this was planned to perfection; what else would you expect! The magic of the season is not really magic, or at least as we think of it in our modern culture; the magic of Christmas is really the glimpse it gives us into a better way of being and a grounding in the fact that our lives are indelibly connected to God.
As a Congregation we have lived out this better way throughout the past year in welcoming our neighbors, learning to be uncomfortable when that is needed and bearing witness to the special Godly connections that are so prevalent in the life of this church.
I hope that you have a truly magical Christmas and that it bears witness to the ways in which you are connected to God now and forever.
Rev. Dr. Bryan James Franzen