Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
In the past few weeks that I have been preparing for the Christmas Season, I have constantly encountered the work “kindness” in some of my reading materials. I believe many people, including our church community, have demonstrated this kindheartedness, compassion and generosity; we expressed it in many ways that includes our family, friends and even to people who may be strangers to us. Yet again, here we are in this season of giving and sharing a desire to fulfill the call of our faith and spirituality as disciples of Jesus Christ.
For me, the season of Christmas has been and will always be a constant reminder about the warmheartedness of God the creator; through the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the ultimate expression of “kindness” of our Father in heaven.
The New Testament in the letter to Titus 3: 4- 6 says, “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
May the Spirit of true and genuine kindness this Christmas season be always in our hearts and minds.
Let us pray,
Gracious God, you have redeemed us through Jesus Christ, the first-born of all creation,
whose birth we celebrate as the child of Bethlehem. Bless us with every spiritual blessing,
so that we may live as your adopted children and witness to your glory with unending
praise and thanksgiving. Amen. (Seasonal Prayer, Anglican Church of Canada)
Fr. Louie Engnan