Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message 12/4/16

Grace and peace to you all!

Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot.  But the Grinch, who lived just North of Whoville, did not!

Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

There are many good children’s books about Christmas (look for my article in the December newsletter!) but Dr Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is my most beloved Christmas tale.  I was given my own copy when I was four years old; I read it to my own children, over and over.  I’ve watched the TV special for so many years that I know it by heart.  I never fail to be delighted by Seuss’ magical animation and Boris Karloff’s marvelous voice that bring to life the Grinch’s transformation from a tight-heated grump into a big-hearted lover of the very Whos he had formerly hated.

That’s the transformation I’m hoping for: that the tight, small parts of my heart would grow large.  That the message of Christmas – that God loves us enough to come and live among us, to show us how to love each other – would open my heart in ways I’d never imagined could be possible.

Romans 15:13 says this in a different way:  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

In these weeks of Advent, may all of us find space in our hearts to prepare a manger where Jesus can be born again.  May we be transformed in ways we never imagined.  Come, Emmanuel!


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