Bearing Joy

Last week I was walking in the park with my granddaughter Maddie.
Seeing our joy and knowing how fragile life is, gives me pause. My deep connectedness to my family surrounds and fills my heart, and at the same time terrifies me. We are so vulnerable to the ones we love.

When I look forward to the celebration of the birth of God's son,
When I claim my heritage as a child of God,
When I look deeply at our community's joy and how fragile it's life can be,
I wonder what joy and sorrow are in God's heart. We are so vulnerable to the ones we love.

The more I know of this deep generational connectedness, the more I can appreciate God's gift of Jesus. God's love truly "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" 1Cor 13:7

Thanks be to God.

Happy Birthday Jesus!
Christmas Peace,
Pastor Mark