“Silent night, holy night…”

“Silent night, holy night…”

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, the night when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. It is a joyous and happy time for Christians everywhere as we give thanks and praise for the One who brings us life, grace, forgiveness, and hope. That thanks and praise will be shown as we sing, pray, listen to God’s Word, and share in Holy Communion tomorrow night.

But, for many people, the next couple of days will be hard as they remember loved ones who have died, or struggle with health issues, loneliness, poverty, or hunger. Whether you find yourself rejoicing or despairing this Advent and Christmas season, may you know that Christ is being born in the midst of it all. What I mean is that wherever you find yourself this week (and always) the reality of God’s grace, forgiveness, and mercy is with you, and isn’t going anywhere. In any and all circumstances, Jesus Christ walks with you into a new day.

On these silent and holy nights, may you find the places where Christ’s love and grace are being born anew.