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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE: Rejoicing in the birth of Jesus

Contemplating the Christmas season, from Julia Street Community Church

By Nadine Shingoose

Christmas has always been my absolute favourite season.

If you were to ask any of my friends, they might tell you I was the “Christmas Queen,” and you might even find me busting out the Christmas music mid-October.

Yes, I am that person.

But there is a reason for my passionate love.

In all the craziness that the season brings with the full shopping centres and all the busyness that accompanies it, I have always found such a peace when I start to celebrate.

When I start singing joy to the world, and peace on earth, my heart feels light. I can let go of the other stresses weighing me down.

And that’s not necessarily because I am the happiest person in the world.

I have family drama and I have lost loved ones I wish could be here, but that doesn’t stop me from seeing the joy and the peace this season brings.

The reason this season is filled with so much peace and joy is because I can rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ.

And what brings me the most comfort around this season is the actual fact of how Jesus Christ came to earth as a little baby. He grew up and lived a perfect life despite going through all the things that we go through.

He experienced loss and depression and anger, yet he was able to live a perfect life void of any sin.

Jesus could have come as an adult to avoid all of life’s drama, but he came as a baby to experience what we experience, to grow up, to really go through every aspect of humanity.

So, as I reflect on Christmas, I am comforted that even my Saviour has gone through what I went through and what I am going through. He looks at us with eyes of love and compassion, but also he looks at us with empathy because he knows what we are going through.

Nadine Shingoose is the associate pastor at Julia Street Community Church.

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