December 2017
Reflections of God's Goodness

Christmas itself is a gift – God came into the world as a human baby, destined to save the world. Christmas is the beginning of God’s gift of salvation for each one of us.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life. John 3:16

If we celebrate this wonderful feast, imagine what it must be like in heaven! I wonder if God is making lists too, choosing a special gift for each one of us, like we do with the people we love the most. And what about me, have I thought about a special gift for God?

As we move through the coming weeks of Advent, what gift do you most wish for from the Giver of all good gifts? What preparations are you making to give a gift to the Giver?

So, if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask. Matthew 7:11

What gift might you ask for? Do you need wisdom for some situation in your life? What about joy – remember the joy of your childhood? Could you use courage to face some hard things? Or strength to keep at it? And peace, don’t we all need that, in our own hearts, our families, our world?

What do you think God wants most from you?

…Love one another. Just as I have loved you... John 13:34

So here is our Advent work. Decide what gift you will ask God for and then ask. Make plans to reach out with love to every person you encounter. Here is a chance to give the gift of your love to God by loving others. To show others the face of God through the good that you do.

I guarantee that Christmas will come with new joy! Not only for you, but for every person who knows you. May your days of Advent be fruitful and your Christmas joy complete!

Blessings,

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Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn
Director of Development 

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift. 2Cor. 9:15

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