Pastor Ron will be delivering the message this weekend. From the video you can see that he will address the Holiday greeting. Have we been too quick to villianize the Happy Holiday greeting because people feel that we are skipping out on Christ and Christmas? If we were to look at the etymology of the word holiday we will see that it comes from the use of holy day. Throughout Scripture we see God telling his people how to celebrate on special feast or Holy Days. Could we try to understand holidays differently? This year we can have a happy and joyous “Holy Day.”   

But before we get to the conclusion we will talk about Burden and Peace this weekend. The pressure is starting to mount already. The calendar is full, the presents are not bought – and you don’t even have a list! Now you will have to travel to family since they decided they are too busy to come to you. The holiday is turning horrible, a horrible burden and you have started to talk about how glad you will be when it is over. I recently read a story that mentioned more and more cases of people getting sick after the holidays because they are so stressed out and burdened, that the whole body just shuts down and stops fighting. Does this sound like an enjoyable Holiday season to you? It doesn’t to me!  

Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 3:16, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” In the birth of Christ we have found that peace was brought to earth. A whole body, whole life kind of peace.  Have you abandoned peace for even more burdens in your life? Let the peace of God that transcends all understanding, dwell in your hearts and minds this Christmas season.

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