Christmas Message 2009
– Reflect, Rejoice, Renew –
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see– 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. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.
Each year, Christmas brings together families, friends, and communities to rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ and celebrate the wonderful gifts God has bestowed upon us. During this season, we remember Jesus’ birth from the Virgin Mary, His justice and mercy that changed the world, and His ultimate sacrifice for all people. Though Jesus was born humbly in a manger, He was destined to be the Savior of the world. The light He brought into the world continues to break through darkness and change people’s lives two thousand years later.
Even in the tough times, there’s still so much to celebrate this Christmas. A message of peace and brotherhood that continues to inspire more than 2,000 years after Jesus’ birth. The love of family and friends. The bonds of community and country. By serving those in need and through other acts of love and compassion, we can honor God’s goodness and affirm the immeasurable value God places on the sanctity of life. We remember the members of Chinese Human Rights Movements serving to secure God’s gift of freedom for others around the nation and the globe. All Chinese are indebted to these men and women and their families for their sacrifice, devotion to liberty, democracy and patriotism.
Christmas is a time to reflect, rejoice and renew, as well as remember the birth of Jesus Christ. I send our best wishes and pray that your Christmas will be blessed with family and fellowship, and I wish you a day of glad tidings.
The chilling weather here in Shanghai can never freeze my emotion and my love to my family and friends. Every time when I recall the time we have been through together, it always warms up my heart.
I wish you a warm Christmas and a fantastic New Year and carry on what you believe in. Finally, your dream will turn to be true in the coming year of our Lord 2010.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year.
May God bless you and may God bless the Republic of China.
JEREMY C.K. SHIH
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Christmas in Shanghai 2009
基督紀元2009年 | 中華民國98年 | 十二月 | Photos by Jeremy C.K. Shih | Shanghai, R.O.C.
Nanking Street West
【 南京西路 】
J’s City Plaza
【 久光百貨 】
【 恒隆廣場 】
【 上海商城 】
【 百樂門 】
900 Century Grocery
【 九百世紀 】
【 越洋廣場 】
The 2009 Family Christmas Tree
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