Dear Brothers and Sisters:
There is something different in the air… and what it brings with it is the most beautiful part of then year! Despite the current health crisis, people are preparing themselves for this celebration in the best possible way they can. Yes, Christmas is just around the corner and all preparations are on the way for another happy occasion.
We, as Seventh-day Adventists, do not celebrate December 25 as the date of Jesus’ birth. We have theological and historical reasons not to do so. Nobody knows the exact date of Jesus’ birth. Nonetheless, we cannot ignore the golden opportunities that this celebration brings about the awareness of God’s amazing gift to humanity: Jesus Christ. Somehow, people’s hearts are softened and interested in the fact that God “became” a man as Jesus came to this world. He “clothed” himself with flesh and bones, like one of us, with the sole purpose to redeem us and give us eternal life! That is the beauty of it of all. We should celebrate this event every moment of our lives, not only on a “special” set-aside day.
I would like to encourage all of us to enjoy these moments with our families, neighbors, colleagues at work, and whomever else we associate with. The best way to witness about this great story of God’s gracious love and salvation is to allow His kindness and mercy to overflow in our hearts. Then, let us share this experience with everyone with a friendly smile on our faces and with a genuine Christian interest for people. Our actions of service will reflect God’s transforming power in our lives and our words become uplifting and nurturing. May our loving actions come first with words later to confirm them. (John 13:34-35)
This Christmas, as we sit around the table with family, let us remember that we are all God’s children and the reason that Jesus was born one day was to offer redemption from sin and salvation to all peoples (Matt. 1:21, 23). But now He is about to return, soon, to claim His faithful children to live with Him, forever! This year, what could be our gift to Him? How about allowing the Holy Spirit to use us to influence someone to accept Jesus as their Savior? As we enjoy the festivities, gifts, and food, may we never forget the main reason behind those: God’s greatest gift to humanity – Jesus Christ. (Isa. 9:6) Also, thank you for your generosity and committed service to God’s church throughout this year. Our Conference would not exist if it were not for you.
May God bless you & yours during this Season and in the New Year to come!
In His Service,
Vice President for Administration
Vice President for Finance