Well, here it is Christmas Eve.
I pray that you and yours have a blessed and peace-filled Christmas. Wherever you may be, whether it is Sunny or Stormy, Rainy or Snowy, Clear or Cloudy -- may you experience the warmth that comes from the Light of the World -- the true gift of Christmas.
For the past three Sundays at Cornerstone, I have been talking about the Purpose of Christmas, loosely using Rick Warren's book of the same name as a guide. The purpose of Christmas is: 1) Celebration, 2) Salvation, 3) Reconciliation. May all of us experience each of these this Christmas season.
Tonight is our annual Christmas Eve service at Cornerstone. It is truly one of the highlights of the year. Carols, Candle-lighting, Gift give-aways, and more punctuate the powerful and timeless Message of Christmas. Even though there is a big storm blowing in, (we all know that people in SoCal just don't do well with storms), we are determined to have a great Christmas Eve Celebration tonight.
Actually, our Celebration started early with a special Baptismal Service last night as people allowed the purpose of Christmas to become a reality in their own lives. We enjoyed experiencing the grace and peace of God in powerful way as the cleansing work of Baptism brought newness and life during a season that's focal point is intended to be just that.
May your celebration of Christmas be as joyous.