calendar December 24, 2021 in Bishop, Bishop messages, Communications

Christmas Message from Bishop Davenport

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Greetings beloved.

I know that it’s been another challenging year. COVID and current CDC guidelines cautioning against in-person gatherings at this time is dispiriting.

However, the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them, the light has shined says Isaiah 9:2. Thanks be to God, beloved. There is always hope and joy in Jesus. Amen.

As a part of my greeting, I share a Christmas creed from Latin America. It states:

I believe in Jesus Christ and in the power of the gospel, which began in Bethlehem.

I believe in the one whose spirit glorified a small village of whose coming the shepherd saw the sign and for whom there was not room in the inn.

I believe in the one whose life changed the course of history, for whom the Kings of the earth had no power and who was not understood by the proud.

I believe in the one whom the poor, the oppressed, the discouraged, the afflicted, the sick, the blind, the leprose gave welcome and accepted as Lord and savior.

I believe in peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, and the transforming power of the gospel.

I believe that Christmas is strength and power and that this world can change if with humility and with faith, we kneel before the manger.

I believe that I must be the first to do so.

Beloved, as we kneel before the manger, I pray that each of you has a Merry Christmas and a blessed and safe new year. We will see you in 2022.

God bless you, church.