First Presbyterian Church

       601 South Texas     P.O. Box 24

Mercedes, TX  78570

  fpcmercedes.org               fpcmercedes@att.net

Pastor:  Esther Hughes, CLP

                                                                                     December 2017

                                HURRY UP TO GET THE BEST DEAL

It is Cyber Monday, where one is accosted with e-mails every hour reminding us of how we can save, and what a great deal is available.  In the midst of the emails was an e-mail from the Presbytery office, the husband of the former clerk had died.  He was a good man. He had served twenty-seven years in the service, and was active in his church.  What struck me was that Sam had the deal of all deals. He had been called home and would be at the great banquet, and that would beat any twenty or thirty percent off sale there could ever be.  His wife and children will miss him and many will say, “especially at this time of year”, but this is the time of year where we are all given the promise of hope as we await the birth of Christ child. The Christ child that came so that we would have life, and that is the hope that is eternal.
During Advent we contemplate the meaning of God giving himself in his son so that we would know of his hope and his love and of his grace.
This is a time when we contemplate what that is to mean in our lives on a daily basis.  This Christ child represents the hope of the world, where there is war in Syria just a day’s drive from Bethlehem, where drug cartels make travel close to us dangerous, when our planet keeps getting warmer, when common civility and courtesy seem to have vanished.
This Christ child still represents the hope of the world, because of his father's love and belief in what he has created.  That is the promise and the bestest deal we will ever, ever know.
It is because in life and in death we belong to God, May we know in our heart of hearts the hope of this Christ child this year, and may we be reminded that hope is indeed the most perfect, and wonderful gift there is.
Let us share the love of God, and the hope of his Son, as we prepare for Christmas.
May God Bless each of you and yours this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,

In Christ,

 Esther