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MAY OUR JOY BE FULL

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We have had many joyless days this year, and we have also seen plenty of people around us with constant grief –– despite this, God still cares for us. May Christmas be a holiday that is a source of joy for each day of the year! Our passing life should not be perceived as a long line of grey days which are interrupted by quickly vanishing holidays, because God provided us with a permanent source of joy at the first Christmas: “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). As an eyewitness, John the Apostle recorded: “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” (1 John 1, 3-4) Indeed, this is the source of our joy for each and every day! God’s permanent presence ensures our festive joy every day. In His presence, there is no need for reluctant smiles, and no place for lying phrases or for evil deeds. For this very reason did God become flesh and remain among us with His Holy Spirit. Gifts from the wise men were to symbolise God’s greatest present to us: the New Testament. Furthermore, the fearful dark era is broken by the shiny guiding star! Jesus Christ is born! God was embodied in the Bethlehem Child. He can be embraced. Paul the Apostle testified: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity…” (Titus 2: 11-13). The Child came in glory into joyless lives of human beings in misery to open a festive era. Christmas is the beginning of humility. Daily humility is a necessity for our daily celebration. Humility is a continual encounter and a communion with God, so that we become able to love. This is the true wonder of Christmas.

May God grant us a blessed holiday in His love!

I wish you a Merry Christmas – in the bond of peace,

Nagy Attila, the reverend from Havad

 

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