Saturday, December 14, 2013
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By Pastor Tami Werschey-Kessinger, Hartsburg United Methodist Church

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[December 14, 2013]  As we enter into the season of Advent, I reflect on the past year and all the things that have happened in my life, just as I am sure some of you do. I anxiously await Christmas Eve as I prepare for the coming of Christ Jesus, who came to save us all.

God had this planned, and He prepared those involved ó Mary, Joseph, Zechariah and Elizabeth ó for the birth of this special child. God came to Zechariah, proclaiming that he and his wife, Elizabeth, who had been barren, would be given a child who would go before the Messiah and proclaim his coming. God sent an angel to Mary and then to Joseph, who both began preparing for the birth of Jesus. Both of them knew full well that He would be an important part of what God had planned. They knew He would be special because He was a gift from God.

Through this Advent and Christmas season, let us all remember that Jesus is a special gift, given from God to all of us. He came to save us. He came to teach us about the love of God, that never-ending love that none of us are worthy of receiving, but we receive it freely from God anyway.

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I pray that all of us are able to get through this season without giving in to the rush and commercialism of Christmas, and remember the real reason for this holiday is to celebrate that special gift given to us by God: Jesus Christ, the infant meant to become the Savior of the World, the King of Kings and the Prince of Peace.

May God bless you all through this Advent and Christmas season!

Merry Christmas and Godís blessings!

[By Pastor TAMI WERSCHEY-KESSINGER, Hartsburg United Methodist Church]

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