Christmas Letter 2011

30 Dec

Dear Ones,

Greetings to you all in the Christ whose coming we await with great anticipation and hope!

The words of John Lennon often ring in my ears this time of year:  “And so it is Christmas, and what have you done?”  I find myself reflecting on the year behind me, on those things that I have done, or left undone, during the past year, and I look ahead in anticipation of new possibilities and directions in life.

Recently I preached a homily, with a small group of folks at St. Luke’s during an evening service.  I invited those gathered to ponder the opportunity for new life to form within each of us this Advent season.  At Christmas we stand in awe of a God who breaks into our world in a new and profound way in the form of a baby Jesus, born of Mary.  No matter what our chronological age may be, we can ponder the same divine transformation within ourselves.  This Christmas season we can become like a child; we can more fully realize our identity as children of God, created in the image of God.

So, in addition to reflecting on what we have done, we can also ponder what we have become, and what is yet to come!

I look forward to Christmas and to the adventures in Christ that lie ahead for all of us as we engage together in common mission and ministry.

Merry Christmas, brothers and sisters in Christ!  The blessing of Immanuel, God with us, be upon you now and always.

In Peace,



The Rev. Colin Maltbie
Priest-in-Charge at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Kasson
Curate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Rochester



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