From Our Pastor

“First Christmas”
Well, by now I’ve been in Leavenworth for about 4 months—enough to experience some real heat
(is 106 degrees the all-time record?), some serious smoke, and even some cold—although I expect the 22
degrees I saw the other morning will not quite be the low point….

I’ve also begun to experience the “Leavenworth Calendar.” Summer Theater (Deb dragged me to I got to see
“My Fair Lady” this year), The Autumn Leaf Festival, and Oktoberfest are just a few of the high points….

Coming very soon is, by most measures, Leavenworth’s signature season—Christmas, and Christmas lights!
I have been to Leavenworth during the winter in years past, but have not yet experienced a Christmas lighting,
much less an entire season spent in this winter-wonderland atmosphere. I very much look forward to all the
snow, the lights, the crowds, the excitement—all of which I will experience for the first time.

But, as I look forward to my first Christmas here, I can’t help but reflect on another first Christmas.

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a
manger….

Jesus’ birth. God becoming a human being. The reason for the season.

Of course that’s what it’s all about. And of course, especially with everything that goes on at this
season, that’s what we often forget. But it’s good to remember:

God loves us
Because God loves us, God won’t abandon us
God becomes a human being in Jesus
God loves us enough to sacrifice the most valuable thing there is
We get all this without having to earn or pay for it

That’s the first Christmas. That lies at the heart of all our celebrations.
That is the best celebration that has ever been—in Leavenworth and
everywhere else!
Grace and Peace—
Pastor Matt