A Note From The Pastor - December 2017
“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12 KJV)
Such a small sign. Such a major transformation. Have you ever thought of that? God started so small yet everything changed. We were restored. The shift from self-centeredness to God centered lives was made possible through this small act of God. This small baby “grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wis-dom: and the grace of God was upon him.” (Luke 2:40)
I have been watching a miracle happen outside my office window. A young person has been using the prayer box. It started by making fun, taking the “free” ink pens, and inappropriate remarks. Sometimes an-ger and hate were expressed. But slowly the notes changed. The person started asking God “Why?”, a new concern for friends…. Then we put the Free Library Box out. I watched as this young person started picking up books. It didn’t take long. I saw that person write a prayer request. I recognized the writing. I saw a change in attitude in what was being requested. A request that the church “ask the Lord to come in my heart and make me whole. Help me live right.” One day the person noticed me watching from the win-dow as they took another book. The next note had a name. Someday maybe I’ll talk to the young person but regardless I have watched your ministry reach someone you don’t know and maybe never will.
When we witness it matters. How we try to witness may seem insignificant but we are touching people. Without knowing the details we are helping others experience a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Such a small sign. A baby born in a manger. And yet if we will act like the angels and tell others they will go and “see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made know unto us….and will find the babe lying in a manger.” (Luke 1:15-16)
This is only one way we share Jesus with the world. What a present we have to offer, faith in Jesus Christ.