Dr. W's Reflections...

          The “hopes and fears of all the years” intersect with the personal experiences of all of us in one way or another. So, in this season of celebration, let us claim the “gift” of these present moments. Let us count our blessings and name them one by one. And, let us inhale God’s joy so that we might exhale expressions of great gratitude toward our families, our friends, and our neighbors. 

          And let’s don’t forget to pray: “Lord, send people to us and to send us to people.” May the “joy” that saves evoke the magic of Christmas while being the echo of God’s life within all of us today. 

The Lord be with you,




          “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord ” (Luke 2:8-11). 

          When the angels first appeared to the shepherds watching their flocks, it triggered fear. But, when the shepherds heard the words of the angel, an inexpressible and glorious “joy” filled their hearts. And then, when the shepherds went to Bethlehem to see Jesus for the first time, they could not contain their joy! According to Luke’s Gospel, the shepherds spread the word about the “joy” that saves and all who heard their message were amazed at what the shepherds had to say (Luke 2:15-20). 

          Because of Jesus Christ, we celebrate today! And because of the “joy” that saves, you and I can make these holidays “holy” days, we can sing “Joy to the World” at the top of our lungs, we can adorn our homes with lights and decorations, and, we can wrap up every gift we give with bows and ribbons of the “joy” that saves.