When I worked in law enforcement in Texas, we were having a very boring shift, so I went into the dispatch office and ran a name through the state’s License Issuance and Driving Record (LIDR). The name I ran was Santa Claus. Sure enough it came up. A white male, 6’1” with blonde hair and lived in a suburb of Dallas. So, I guess we can really say there is a Santa Claus. I later understood that he had facial hair and portrayed Santa at Christmas time.
It is important to note that we would not celebrate Christmas had Jesus not been born. When I was old enough to understand the reason we celebrated Christmas, I found myself wanting to know more about Jesus. I would read whatever I could find that gave information about Him and the reason He came to this earth to begin with.
Our Lord said that He “Came to seek and save that which was lost.” That means every human being has an opportunity to experience new life. Just as we experienced receiving gifts at Christmas, we can receive the most precious gift there is: the love and eternal life which is a gift from our Lord.
Remember the Mission Statement of the Fellowship of the Unashamed: “My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is in God’s hands. My face is set. My gait is fast, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, and my mission is clear. I am a disciple of Jesus.”
As you continue your journey, go in faith, knowing that God loves you. He loved humanity so much He has given us the greatest gift of all, eternal life when this earthly life is over. Until that time, be faithful in your walk with the Lord.
The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or, email@example.com.