Pastor's Monthly Message for December 2009

Home and Christmas

"Home" is a very special word for us. Home is where our parents are. Home is where children play and think about the wonderful Christmas season to come and all the bright and beautiful surprises which lie ahead. Home is where many of us long to be and where we need to be, especially at Christmas time. Christmas reminds us that we are members of a family, that we are all brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.
Our world is such that we cannot always be at home. There are many people during this season who have no home, cannot come home or will not be able to be with the ones they love and care for. Jobs, responsibilities, and other matters quite often keep us apart, or separate us from the home we long for.

There is, however, a way home. The birth of Christ promises us a way home. Although we might be separated by space, our love for one another, which is the emblem of the love of Christ, can make us one.

When Jesus prayed for His disciples just before he was crucified, He said, 'Neither do I pray for these alone, but for those also who believe in me through their word; that they may be one; even as you, Father, are in me and I in You."
There is no substitute for being home. The philosopher said, 'Home, is where the heart is" so we understand that the heart can take us home, or nearly there. As Christ's love reaches across the separation of time and distance to call us home to our Father, so our love for each other can be a bridge between family members, pulling us closer together, no matter how far apart we are.

So, in a sense, there is a way home to each other and to our heavenly Father. Though we might have wondered far, the joy of Christmas is its promise that the star of Bethlehem is a true beacon and a certain way home. Because of our Saviour, because of His birth and His ultimate gift upon the cross, because of Christmas, no one needs to wonder or wander; no one is without a home or a way to find it.

Pastor Hans Lillejord