The Gifts of Hope, Peace, and Love

May you and your family focus on the true meaning of Christmas and find His gifts of hope, peace and love!  Christmas commemorates and celebrates the first coming of our Messiah as the newly born King.  Jesus came and invited us to come to Him. 

COME TO ME, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest.  Take my yoke upon you and LEARN FROM ME, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-29).  Jesus invites us to exchange our burden for a lifelong Sabbath of the soul.  He invites us to accept Him as our teacher so that we might learn how He coped, how He managed stress, how He faced the pressures of the world with tact and grace, how He forgave, how He ministered to others, and how He remained connected to the Father.  God neither asks us to meet life’s pressures and demands with our own strength nor demands us to win His favor by assembling an impressive portfolio of good deeds. Instead, He invites us to enter His rest.   

ABIDE IN ME, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me (John 15:4).  Our strength and productivity come from staying connected to Jesus Christ.  In His time and with His ways, we begin to bear the fruit of Christlike qualities.  We are transformed from the inside out.  Our minds dwell on the kinds of thoughts that God thinks, and our desires reflect those of God.  Hence, we live out CAIS mission, growing in love for God and service to humanity! 

Jesus said, “Come to Me, learn from Me, and abide in Me.”  These are the treasures embedded in the good news of Christmas.  Joyous Christmas and Blessed New Year! 

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