A Message From Our Kahu
“A Christmas Message”
Look, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a son,
and they shall name him “Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”
Christmas is a time of joy and fond memories for many of us. It is also one of the most difficult times of the year for some. This is especially tough for those who have lost loved ones. It is also hard for those who have experienced other kinds of losses: significant relationships, jobs, homes, health, etc.
Whether you are overflowing with joy or feeling the heavy burden of recent losses (or somewhere in between, like most of us), may you feel God’s loving presence. This is what Christmas is all about: in the midst of life as we experience it, God shows up and reminds us that we are loved, appreciated, adored even.
Jesus came into a world full of pain, hardship and injustice, and he reminded people of God’s deep, deep love for them—in their joy and in their sadness, in the midst of peace and in the midst of conflict, in their times of celebration and their times of grief and anger.
Whatever you experience during this Advent season and whatever emotions you may feel, may you be reminded of God’s unconditional and eternal love for you; and may you not miss the opportunity to remind someone else of God’s lover for them!
Mele Kalikimaka and Aloha Nui Loa!