Merry Christmas!

Another year is quickly coming to a close, and the birth of Jesus reminds us how much God loves us. He sent His Son into the world to bring hope and change to all mankind.

How are you doing this Christmas?

Are you hopeful, or do you feel like you have been punched in the gut? Maybe you feel a little bit of both.

As we saw from our Advent series, Set the Table, Jesus didn’t come to fanfare but rather was born in a humble stable.

Jesus is the Savior of the world. You may not see it right now. You may not even acknowledge Jesus existed. And that’s okay…this Christmas is about exploration. It’s about leaning into the nagging of your soul.

You might have friends that drug you to a Christmas Eve service. You might be sharing a meal with a family member you don’t know, especially today.

Christmas, much like Thanksgiving, is about giving, serving, and loving those closest to us. This Christmas is extra special for me as I will be spending it with my new bride. As you recall, we married in September, so we are navigating family holidays differently.

I don’t know where your heart is right now. I don’t know the joys or struggles you face. I do know that God loves you very much. He loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son to be born of a virgin so that He could save the world from their sins.

Without Christmas, there would not be an Easter.

Think about that for a moment. Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus, would not exist if Jesus had not come to earth as a baby.

When you read the Christmas story this year, think about how Jesus’ birth made it possible for you to have everlasting life. When the shepherds heralded the good news of a baby born in Bethlehem, they probably never imagined thirty-three years later, people would be shouting those harsh words – Crucify Him!

I hope this Christmas is a beautiful and blessed day for you, your friends, and your family.


Lord, thank you for sending your Son to be born into this world in order to save us from ourselves. Please be with each of us today as we celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones near and dear to our hearts. Please keep our family and friends safe this Christmas season and prepare us for a new year. Amen!

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Hi, I'm Dave Anthold. I am a small group leader, short-term missionary, and visual storyteller. You can read my story here.

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