Jonathan's Perspective  

Dec 14


Reading the stories of Mary and Joseph, we realize that their lives had a special quality to them.  They both pursued a life in God to the extent that Mary was 'highly favored' by God (Luke 1:28), and Joseph was declared to be a 'righteous man' (Matt 1:19).  They lived ordinary lives like you and me.  They went to worship, listened to the reading of the Scriptures, meditated on the law, and sought to apply it to their lives.  They loved God and found joy in following God's law.  They engaged in acts of mercy and kindness.  They truly understood what Hosea had written, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.' (Hosea 6:6) They knew and loved God.  They loved and served their neighbors.  It was because of their love of God that they were entrusted to fulfill a particular part of the will of God.  They were entrusted with Jesus.

During the Angel Tree Christmas Party for 60 children of incarcerated parents, I had this tremendous sense that we were walking as Mary and Joseph walked with God.  Munholland's love of God spilled over in the love for these children.  Ann Cutrer led a large group of young and old who bought, wrapped, and organized gifts.  Phyllis Zansler led the Kitchen Crew in preparing and serving a veritable feast.  Jessika Horner led children and youth to put on 'A Night in Bethlehem' which told the story of the birth of Christ.  The whole event was so beautiful.  I thought, 'This is how it works.  Our ordinary lives find extraordinary expression of God's will when we delight in him.'  It was a beautiful act of mercy and love that I hope we can continue to grow in the years to come. 

Following the Angel Tree Christmas Party, the choir put on Caroling Under the Oak.  Over 70 people lifted their voices in joyful praise of God's self-giving in Jesus.  It was as if we were the angels who made the proclamation to the shepherds, 'Joy to the world and peace to all on whom God's favor rests!'  Come see what God has done!  Come meet Jesus, and your life will be forever changed!

I believe God has entrusted Munholland to serve many in need in the Metairie and New Orleans area.  Our Mission Team works hard to mentor, feed, clothe, and befriend people we encounter through Trinity Christian Community, St. Marks, Mt. Zion, The Salvation Army, The Methodist Children's Home, and many more.  We are taking up a special Christmas Offering this season to provide for these ministries.  I pray that you will participate in this gift by using a Christmas Offering envelope that will be in the bulletins and pews this Sunday and on Christmas Eve.  The money collected will then be entrusted to the Missions Team to divide it between our partner ministries in January.  Join me and Mary Kay in this opportunity to reflect God's generosity toward the poor.

Blessed to be a Blessing


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