As the Father has sent me into the world, so am I sending you. - Jesus
In past issues of The Connection we have followed the theme of God moments and windprints (the evidence of the Spirit's activity in our lives.) We pray with sincere petition that God would use us to bless others, that he would cause our lives to make a difference, that he would allow us to speak life and hope into this dark world, that his love would shine through our lives. However, I think we notice God's hand in our personal situations more often than we recognize his hand moving through us to affect those around us. I find it remarkable when someone says to me, "I remember when you said ..." "I remember when you did ... for me." "If it hadn't been for you ..." And, I rather imagine you share my sense of surprise when this happens to you.
I am praying that in this season, as you meditate on Immanuel, the Spirit of God will awaken in you, not only a sense of his activity in your life, but a recognition of your good (God) deeds in the lives of those you encounter daily. After all, Jesus has sent you into the world - his voice, his touch, purveyors of his love.
For God so loved the world that he gave ... his one and only son ... and a host of Christ followers who represent Jesus with skin on.
Thank you to the contributors to this Christmas edition of The Connection. We are blessed by your Immanuel stories and by your Christmas reflections.
Rich Christmas blessings to all of you.