When someone argues that the Bible is contradictory, I love to share how accurate the Bible is. I choose to believe the scripture. Does that mean I understand everything about the Bible? No, but I allow myself the opportunity to read further and study other ancient writings which support much of what the Bible says.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let us be aware of others who will go without His love this season. Why are they going without His love? Because they have not chosen to receive Him or, believe in His love and coming to this earth.
In west Liberty, Ohio, where I lived as a youngster, the grain elevator would install this large light in the shape of a star on the top of the elevator and kept it lit throughout the Christmas season. You can see this star for quite a distance as you travel toward West Liberty.
There was a woman who was expecting a child about anytime and happened to be out and about one evening just before Christmas. It had started snowing and she really needed to get home, but the snow was pretty fierce. While travelling ever so slowly with anticipation, she is able to see the star on the West Liberty Elevator and it was then that she felt certain relief for she knew she was near home and everything is going to be okay.
As you travel through the snow storms of life, keep looking for the star of hope. That star may come in many forms for you but, be sensitive to the assistance God is providing for you.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!
The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, can be reached at 812-614-2160 or www.doclayne.com Christ Lutheran Mission meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 for study (dismissed this Wednesday for Christmas).