Dear Brothers and Sisters,

So an angel comes to a teenage girl with good news from on high. The teen sings a Beatles tune, “…let it be…” (Luke 1:38). She agrees to be the virgin who carries the Christ Child into the world, and everything is changed for all eternity? Is that ever hard for you to understand, trust or believe?

I had someone tell me recently that they can never take Scrooge seriously. The person I was talking to said Scrooge's conversion to generosity in Dicken's Christmas Carol is just too hard to believe. I told my friend that I hear the very sprit of Scrooge speaking in him. The inability to believe the best in people, or to hope even against all odds in the best in them. That’s the Scrooge spirit. And its polar opposite is gift giving. To give a gift is to say: We’re not in this world to make money out of one another. You, in particular, deserve to get something out of nothing; you are more than you earn. In a word, I believe in you!

Despite what the spirit of Scrooge might whisper in your ear, trust that God believes in you. The child Jesus has come because God loves you enough to not let you stay the way you are. A transformation is underway in your life and mine. Trust the way of the Lord. For Jesus has come to say, “I BELIEVE IN YOU! YOU ARE AS FAVORED AS THAT TEENAGE EARTHLY MOM OF MINE!”

Still in One Peace, 

Pastor David J. Jensen

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