Dear Congregational Family,

Hallmark Christmas: Jen and Sadie have been enjoying watching Hallmark Christmas shows lately. From my perspective, they are incredibly cheesy. Every storyline is predictable as they start off with a tragedy, a hopeless situation follows, a miracle is needed, a sweet romance follows, and by the end, everything is perfectly in place, and they live happily ever after. It’s a nice dream, but it’s certainly not reality – or is it?

It’s the same situation with fairy tales. Why are we so drawn to them, when they tell a story so different from our reality?

I think it is because these fairy tale stories do tell the deeper story of our soul. Our soul knows that there is a spiritual story at the center of our existence. Interestingly, even our secular world is drawn to these fairy tales, longing for them to be true!

These predictable and longed for storylines, are actually the true storylines of humanity. God created the world perfectly, and that is why our souls long for perfection and peace. But tragedy struck, sin entered the world, and a hopeless situation followed. Only a miracle could make things right. Thankfully, Christ Jesus comes to our rescue with sacrificial love and draws the Church in union to Himself. Jesus does put all the pieces back together again, and heaven is the “happily ever after” life of peace in paradise!

God has placed a longing for this STORY in our souls. This Story is more real, than our present reality! This is the deep story of the soul. In this, God is both the Storyteller, and the One who fulfills the Story of Salvation through His Son.

Sermon text for this Sunday is Luke 1:5-17; 39-45. The title is: “The Child of the Priest”

God bless you as we continue,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God”

Pastor Carlson