From Your District Lay Leader

John Meeuwissen, Alexandria District

During the last twenty-one months, many people the world over have longed to be back “in-person.”  Some to be with family, some to be able to go to school, some to be able to venture out, some to be able to travel, some to be in worship, and the list goes on and on.  Some of our churches have successfully returned to “in-person” worship, some aren’t quite there yet, and some have discovered the wonders of technology and virtual worship.

Does any of this remind you of a familiar event which occurred over two thousand years ago?  God wanted to be with us “in-person” and sent His son, Jesus, to be with us and save us!  That’s truly good news.  Like every great epic, there was also an impressive cast of “in-person” supporting characters.  There was the angel Gabriel, Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist), Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the Wise Men (I know they came later, but they’re in my nativity), and yes, even the innkeeper!

So, what can we take away from all of this?  How can we be more “in-person?”  Can I be there for a family member or close friend – can I do more in my ministry – can I support a mission endeavor – can I minister to a stranger, all in the name of Jesus – all good questions and all possible by being “in-person”!!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
John Meeuwissen