January 1, 2019 @ 2:08 PM

Welcome again to this week's word for the week. I would like to start this week's word by saying Merry Christmas to all you reading this. I truly pray that you enjoy the day rather that's with loved ones or for those who may be single and spend it alone. We all know that the true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That by itself is more than enough reason to be excited for without His birth there are many things that would not have happened.

I won't be long this week because really and truly the task for you this week is simple. Take some time and reflect on what it means to you personally to celebrate Christmas. What are some of the things you really think about? What are some of the things you enjoy the most? To be honest, I'm always amazed almost daily at everything God has done to ensure we would be secure in Him. To think that He gave us His only begotten Son is something that words alone can't explain. Most parents would give their own life up to spare the life of their child. Yet, God gave us His only begotten Son just so He could win us all to Himself. That's a lot to meditate on for sure.

Many people will spend time with family and friends. Many will have gatherings that involve food and interaction with others. It is important that as Christians we take some time to be with those that we love and they love us. The whole conversation doesn't have to be about the bible. Sometimes, it's a good chance to reminisce on some of the memories and experiences you've shared over the years. Sometimes you laugh about some of the other gatherings and times that are now in the past.

I want to say this much before we close. Take time to really reflect the meaning of such a day to you personally. It doesn't matter what others say about this occasion. What do you say? What does it mean to you? Does it change you? Does it get your attention and keep it? The birth of our eternal King is a great time for celebration. The greatest gift is not under the tree. The greatest gift is already in us if we're saved. We have the Holy Spirit abiding in us to comfort and show us all things. That by itself is worth being excited about. Enjoy your day for sure and make sure you always keep Christ in your entire life!

May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,

Bishop Carlos J. Lennon