By Bread of Life Lutheran Church | December 21, 2017
Dear new Bread of Life friends
O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie!
Above the deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
O Little Town of Bethlehem has always been one of my personal favourite Christmas hymns. I love the gentleness of the melody. I love the peacefulness of the story. But most of all... I love the last line of the 1st verse. “The hopes & fears of all the years, are met in thee tonight.”
Every year as I sing it, I find myself thinking about all the different expectations people bring to this season - some healthy & good… some less helpful &/or commercially infected. Into the midst of it all, comes the simple miracle of a child coming into the world. And somehow - by God’s grace - that little child becomes the answer to all our prayers & the fulfilment of all God’s promises. No greater gift has ever been given. No more profound hope ever revealed.
Whatever the expectations and prayers may be that you carry in your heart into this season.. may you find the answer in the gift of the “Word become flesh” .. God’s love born in flesh and blood to be our Saviour.
I would like to thank you for so graciously welcoming me into your lives as your new pastor. I look forward to the New Year and getting to know you better… AND to getting at the great unfolding mystery that is our call to serve God in whatever way we can in 2018.
And so on behalf of myself, Cheryl Conly our Administrative Assistant, and all who serve as leaders & supporters of Bread of Life… let me wish you ..
A most blessed Christmas
and a grand & fruitful New Year!!!
- Pastor Stewart Miller, Dec 2017