Dear CBCC Family,

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year… It’s the hap-happiest season of all.” So go the lyrics of a popular Christmas song. While it may be a happy time of the year for some, many others would probably choose a different adjective to describe this season.

One adjective that jumps to my mind is “busy.” It’s the busiest season of all. There is shopping, baking, Christmas parties, family gatherings and don’t forget all the special church services and activities. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves so caught up in the Christmas festivities that we do not actually take time to truly celebrate Christmas!

As a Pastor I admit too often feeling overwhelmed during this time of year. It is NOT due to the reasons mentioned above, but because it seems like every year at this time ministry gets harder. As I reflect on past Christmases it is clear that problems, conflicts, and unforeseen challenges seem to spike. And this year has not been an exception. Why is there an increase in sicknesses, hospitalizations, conflicts etc., during this time of year?

While each issue has its own reasons, I believe that there is one overarching reason behind all of them: the enemy. Think about it. Christmas is when we celebrate our Savior’s birth. The majority of our society celebrates Christmas whether they know God or not. This creates many opportunities for people to communicate about God
and His love that was personified in Jesus Christ. Satan does not want that much attention on Christ. He does not want people to see the glorious reality of God’s love and the awe inspiring power of the Gospel. So he distracts and disrupts. He tries his best to cause chaos and confusion as he works to keep the focus off of Christ.

When facing these challenges, it is easy to allow ourselves to get frustrated and discouraged. But that is exactly what the enemy wants. Instead, we ought to remember that greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4b)

We must remember that we have the power, God’s power, available to us to help us through times of being overwhelmed and discouraged. It is through these times that God shows His faithfulness to us and we grow in our love for Him. The reality is that we ought to expect opposition as we live to make Christ known. As people see how we approach whatever difficult problem arises in our lives, it creates an opportunity for us to show them how great our God is. So while Christmas may seem to be the busiest season of all it can actually be the most God glorifying season of all. I do not know about you but I find that encouraging!

We wish you all a very blessed Christmas!
Sam & Melissa
Alivia, Aubrey, Braedon, Bryce