What an odd Christmas…
December 21, 2020, 5:07 PM

This year I believe it is safe to say that most of us can say, “What an odd Christmas it is this year”… Each of us know many people who are currently being affected by COVID. Most of the inconvenience is being away from those you care about the most such as your family and friends. Some are away from work. And some are having health complications. No matter what the impact is currently for you, so way or another you are feeling a little different about things this Christmas.


When I think of this, I think of another family who had a “change of plans” during the first “Christmas”. As we celebrate Christmas this year, let’s think back to the year when Jesus was born and how Mary, Joseph, and the soon to be born Jesus were all affected by a “change of plans”.


After receiving some startling news that Mary (a virgin) would be giving birth, her and Joseph in an initial reaction may appear as though their lives were turned upside down. If you put yourself in their shoes for a moment, your life would never be the same following this news either…


Now on top of this, during the pregnancy Joseph and Mary had to make a long journey for the census. Once they had arrived her we know and understand from the scriptures that this was also perfect timing for the birth of our Savior.


I could only imagine that before receiving this news that everything in life may have been going according to plan for Mary and Joseph. Work was probably good, they were both planning possibly on a nice wedding, and maybe sharing their dreams about their future and lives with their family and friends. I could only imagine what a teenage girl who is planning to get married may be doing during that Christmas.


What is more important to realize is that God too had a plan… This plan was to bring a Savior into the World to save the people from their sins. It is obvious that God’s plan was far more important that anything that Mary and Joseph could have planned together on their own.


But we can see how being obedient to God’s plan may have caused them a “disruption” to what “they” may have had planned.


This Christmas I know that it may be “a little odd” well of course it may be a “lot of odd”… Either way what is important to see, is that there is HOPE found all around you just like it was at the time of Jesus’ birth. It is important for us to see the positive in the midst of being surrounded by negativity, and to find and see the light in the midst of darkness. Simply, “count your blessings”!



This year remember to Praise Him in your storms, look to Him from your Mountains and Valleys, and bring Glory to Him name in all situations. Jesus is the reason for the season. He’s the reason for the Christmas season, and the reason for EVERY season.


Merry Christmas!

Pastor Jonathan Pannell



Luke 2 (NIV)

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

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