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Dearly beloved in Christ,
We come to an advent season. It’s a season of annunciation. All annunciation are very painful. In the midst of the painful annunciation Christmas is being celebrated. In the Bible, birth narratives are placed as "counter narratives of Life" over a “culture of death”. The infancy narratives in the Bible are not merely birth stories, but they are the stories about the birthing of a new world. We are called to give birth to a new just world. Christmas is the celebration of life. The born of Savior has been teaching us "the gift of life" as a celebration and even more when it is concerning" the Savior’s one who is to save us from sin. Both the proclamations of spiritual and political content explain to us the basic essence of life. So, life is a gift from God and that it requires God. Birth is defined as the "beginning of Life”. As such the birth of Jesus Christ is a new beginning for humanity and the whole creation. The celebration of Christmas likewise, is also giving us the hope that even though our present life is a mess, we can clean up the mess and start a new life with Christ. Life in that sense is an assurance. The proclamation of Christmas, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests"(Lk.2:14), combining life as a gift and an assurance challenges us to live a life, giving glory to God and making peace with others and having peace within ourselves. The shepherds received this "life “when they "returned, glorifying and praising God”. Let us also live this "life of Christmas “throughout the year with thanksgiving in our hearts. I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
May God bless us.
In Christ's service,

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