The Clouse Family
Dear Church Family,
Nothing brings joy like an unexpected gift... On Wednesday nights, we started letting our B.U.O.Y kids color and draw pictures at the beginning of the night; and then the following week, we have five or six pictures chosen to win a prize. Of course, the prize isn't much - a Rice Crispy Treat; a bag of chips. However, the kids react with such joy when they hear that their name has been called as the winner. Nothing brings joy like an unexpected gift.
Each Christmas, we all celebrate the gift of God's Son, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. This amazing gift came to all of us in the most unexpected way - born of a virgin birth in a stable full of animals. Yet, this gift arrived just as the OT prophets predicted: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (lsaiah 7:14). Even though the gift of Jesus came in the most unexpected way, it is a gift that fills us with an "inexpressible and glorious joy" (1 Peter 1:8). As Christians, we can say with certainty that Jesus truly is the gift that keeps on giving; so this Christmas season let us share with others the joy of His birth.
In Christian love, Brad
New Vienna Church of Christ