Christmas 2012: Joy to the World
“I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”
– Luke 2:10-11; Matthew 1:23
- Joy to All -
This year’s theme is “Joy to All”. It celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons: the joy of giving to others; the joy of sharing our blessings with one another; and, of course, the joy of celebrating with our families, friends, and communities the birth of Jesus.
During the Christmas season, our thoughts turn to the source of joy and hope born in a humble manger on a holy night more than 2,000 years ago. Each year, people everywhere celebrate this single life that changed the world, and the light He brought into the world continues to break through darkness and change people’s hearts and lives today.
Christmas is a time to reflect, rejoice and renew, as well as to reaffirm the simple and inspiring message of love, grace, and redemption that fills our souls with gratitude for the many blessings in our lives and the wonderful gifts God has bestowed upon us. A message that says no matter who we are, we are called to love one another – we are our brother’s keeper, we are our sister’s keeper, our separate stories in this big world are really one.
When Christmas brings a special scent and serenity in the air, we remember the love of families and friends, the bonds of communities and countries. We also remember those who have been serving to secure God’s gift of peace and freedom for everyone around the nation and the globe. All Chinese are indebted to these men and women and their families for their sacrifices and devotions to democracy, liberty and patriotism.
Now, therefore, I wish you a warm Christmas and a fantastic New Year, as well as the everlasting faith to carry on what you believe in.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
May God bless you all and may God bless the Republic of China.
JEREMY C.K. SHIH
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