The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” -Isaiah 9:2

 Note from Pastor Paola:

Have you noticed that this year people are putting up the Christmas lights up earlier than usual? I know it is happening in my neighborhood. As I drive around, I have been catching myself smiling with wonder and happiness just like a small child in front of a house lit up for Christmas. Part of the reason why so many people have their lights up already is because they took advantage of the nice weather we have been having. But I don’t think that is the main reason. Even my neighbors who are coming from countries where Christianity is not prevalent have their lights up this year for the first time. The reality is that this year we all have a deep desire to break through darkness with light. We need light as we feel that the darkness is overcoming our spirits. The lights are a promise of better days ahead and the hopeful end of this dark time.
From the first page of the scripture, light symbolizes God’s power over the pain, the evil and the brokenness of the world. And one day, about 2000 years ago, the light entered into the world and triumphed over darkness. On Christmas Day we celebrate the best news that was ever given to humankind: “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
This year is more important than ever that we “walk as children of the light” (Ephesians 5:8) so that others, especially those overcome by darkness, can see Jesus’ light through us. Your smile, your kind message, your call, your prayer, your gifts can truly be the light entering in the darkness in someone else life.
At Salem we will shine the light of Christ throughout this season even if we cannot worship in person. We will go above and beyond in celebrating Advent and Christmas in worship using all the tools we have. We will reach out to our community with love and gifts. We will even have Santa giving little gifts in a drive-thru style. And of course, we will start our church remodel project this week so that Salem can become even a brighter beacon of light in our community. (You can find lots more information in this Tidings).
May the light of Christ enter in your life this Christmas.
Pastor Paola