Pastor Bill Schnackenberg, Centralia United Methodist Church
I have a question for all of you (including myself). Now that Christmas is over, what difference does it make in our lives from this time onward?
Is it just a matter of life as usual? Back to normal schedules? Work, work, work?
Did the remembrance of God coming into our world as a human being, as Jesus the Christ, make a difference at all? That’s a question that we all must deal with from time to time. God wants us back. God hates to see us forget about his birth for another year.
Birth means a new beginning. Birth means being transformed from one stage of life to the next. Birth means a change in how we look at our world. That’s what God has wanted for us – God’s gift to us at Christmas time. To be transformed, to look at life in a new way.
Imagine, if you will, what life could be. I remember the years just a half-century ago at which time we dreamt of ending poverty and world hunger. We dreamt of a time when there would be peace in the world. And fifty years have come and gone since then – but nothing has really changed.
Those years when we had those dreams, we dreamt that we could make it happen through our own wits and our own power. We didn’t include God in our dreamed up world.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.