Soul Searchin: ‘Tis the Season

The countdown to Christmas is on. We all want that “It’s a Wonderful Life” Christmas, but the reality often falls short. Christmas can be a time of overwhelming stress and despair. Families are often estranged and if they see each other at all, it is very often under duress. As we deal with decorating the house, wrestling with broken Christmas lights, and pushing our way through the mall to buy Christmas presents, it is easy to lose sight of the most important gift we will ever receive.

We at PDSGN just wanted to send you a little Christmas reminder…

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:). To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:1-14 KJV).

From all of us at the PDSGN – have a wonderful and safe Christmas. May you be surrounded by loved ones. May you be warm and have enough to eat.  May you have at least one gift to open under the tree.  Most of all, may you carry the gift of Christ in your heart not only on Christmas, but through the rest of your life.

Steve Gladen and the PDSGN Leadership are praying for you and your ministry. We pray for your strength and endurance, and we pray that you connect with other leaders so that no one stands alone.

Joy to the world…

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