Christmastime is here!

 Glory to the newborn King!
Glory to the newborn King!

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Or is it? After two months, if not more, of holiday planning, shopping, decorating, baking, etc., Christmas can seem almost anti-climactic – the cool down after the marathon. No more gifts to wrap, no more credit cards to max out, no more grumpy shoppers to wrestle for the latest must-have electronic gadget. The original purpose of this holy day is so deeply buried under commercialism and secularization, it’s been a struggle just to find one nativity scene among the plethora of snowmen and nutcrackers at the shopping malls.

To paraphrase Shakespeare: so much sound and so much fury…signifying nothing.

Yet God is not silent this Christmas. As believers, we have a Gospel to live, to proclaim and to transform the world. We have the privilege of declaring – as the angels sing in the classic Christmas carol:

Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled…
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Because Christ has come, we have hope, and we can carry that hope to our neighbors. We are his light to a dark, dreary world.

In that joyous spirit, I’d like to wish a very merry Christmas to all our Cross International donors, volunteers and ministry partners around the world who are keeping alive the hope of Immanuel, “God with us,” this season. May you and your families be blessed!

-Tony M.

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