Merry Christmas from Dean Shambaugh

Ben on Christmas Day

I wish you all of God’s blessings for a most wonderful Christmas this year and look forward to seeing you as we together live out Christmas in the days and weeks to come. As I say every year, in our tradition, Christmas is not just a day but a season and not just a season but a way of life. Think about it for a moment. How would things be different if every day you lived as if the word was made flesh, if Jesus (whose name means “the one who saves”) was really “God with us,” and if following the admonition of St. Theresa of Avila, your task was to continue his mission as his hands and feet, as a light shines in the darkness, and one who brings of peace on earth and good will to all people? Christmas was a profoundly sacramental and incarnational moment. It tells us that we can experience spiritual things through physical things, such as bread and wine. It tells us that we can experience holy things through human things, such as you and as me. If a baby born in a manger to a poor Palestinian teenager bring hope and good news to the world, so can each of us who bear that his name. As we begin the New Year, there will be many opportunities at St. Luke’s to learn how to do just that. Watch the bulletin and e-pistle in January for details.
For many people, Christmas is kind of like a New Year’s resolution. It sounds great but the impact lasts about as long as it takes for the city to pick up the discarded Christmas tree from the curb. If that sounds familiar, I encourage you to try something new this year. Christmas is not just a day but a season and not just a season but a way of life… a way of life that can be yours.

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