It's that time of year again. December has come and with it, all the joys of Christmas. Gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets.

For many, Christmas is a time of sorrow. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who are no longer with them, or have left. Being alone can be such a sad life, yet it does not have to be.

Yet, Christmas should be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Jesus does not want you sad or depressed....EVER!

Why did He come? Why did God send His son to this sometimes cruel and harsh world, a world sometimes filled with pain and hurt? He sent Jesus so His love could take away the pain, so His love could fill the void, so His love could fulfill our joy.

When we completely give our lives to Jesus Christ, and begin living every day to please Him and not focussing on “self,” only then can we know the true meaning of Christmas.  It is still true:  Jesus firsts, Others second, Yourself last= J.O.Y.

Jesus Christ wants you to be happy, not only at Christmas but all year through! No matter what may be happening in your life, you can have a fulfilled life filled with the Joy of the Lord.  Don’t dwell on past failures or disappointments.  Look at Christmas in a new way this year. Live your life like Jesus did...forgetting self and reaching out to others.  This is the year to be alive in Jesus. You will then have a "Merry Christmas." The joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you begin to completely give yourself back to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! 

Pastor Ron Baker