Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from our family to you with lots of love,
Martin, Sandra, Cole & Cooper
Some thoughts about being a "light in the world" this Holiday season (and all year long) from Rev. Jim Wallis:
"In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus compares following his way to being the “salt” and light” that the world so desperately needs. He says that his followers will be like salt, a preserving and stabilizing force to preserve, protect, and deepen the values and behaviors that human cultures most need to keep and enhance. Jesus said to his followers, “You are the salt of the earth,” to preserve the important things that sustain and undergird human societies — values such as honesty, integrity, compassion, fairness, faithfulness, fidelity, and dedication to raising our children in ways that are good and right and for the sake of service to others...
The followers of Jesus will also be like light, shining into the darkness, revealing what is wrong, untrue, and a danger to human life and dignity — revealing the things that need to be changed. Jesus said to his disciples, “you are the light of the world,” revealing the things we should not let darkness cover up or make us accept--- exposing injustice, the light helps point to and promote social, racial, and economic justice where and when it is most needed, because those commitments and goals are integral to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Only when light shines will the darkness go away. The light also serves as a beacon that others can see and be drawn to, modeling loving God and neighbor in ways that show what true love and justice look like. I think many of us who learned about the Sermon on the Mount in Sunday school may have thought of “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” as basically the same thing — I know I did."
I hope this inspires you to look for the light and to be the light, whatever your faith tradition. The holidays are always so full of the best of us: sharing, giving, warmth, family, kindness. And they're the perfect time to take a personal inventory of just how we did this year as human beings. Were we the salt and light? How can we do better next year? It's a great exercise for me.
And I want to take this opportunity to say "thank you" for being my customers. The opportunities you've given me are appreciated! I hope you've had a wonderful 2019. I know it's been a long year for me with lots of ups and downs, and I'm so looking forward to that "clean slate" fresh start feeling the New Year brings. Here's to a better-than-ever 2020 for you and for me!