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Pastor’s Desk: This time of year

Pastor Bill Schnackenberg, Centralia United Methodist Church

It’s that time of year again – the time we wonder where the year has gone. Well, it is almost gone. We still have December and Christmas to go. As I write this I realize that Christmas is only five weeks away and I haven’t started my shopping yet. Oops.

Pastor Bill Schnackenberg

Pastor Bill Schnackenberg

Be that as it may, this time of year brings out the hopefulness we all yearn for. We can’t do anything about the year past, but the new year is fast approaching and that always means a new start.

Meanwhile, we have December to finish up what we wanted to do all year long.

Hopefully, it will also mean that you turn even more fervently to your faith and to your church. And if you are reading this and have no church to turn to, consider this a challenge to start now. Churches depend on people. And Christ depends on churches and their congregations to spread the good news that there is new life available – a fresh start, like a new birth.

We celebrate the birth of Jesus during the month of December. But we also know that the birth of Christ in our hearts is not relegated to a single date on the calendar. Jesus is here now to walk beside us, to help us carry our burdens, to redeem us from fear. That kind of birth is available all year long.

For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.