Sharing and Spreading Christmas Cheer

By Rev. Belle Mickelson, for The Cordova Times

Here in the darkness of winter—it’s a wonderful time to fill our hearts with light and love as we think of others! All of us have blessings that we can share and bring joy to this Christmas season. I’m so grateful for all of you—your smiles, helping hands, and friendship. We have a great community, and we can reach out to be sure everyone here and around the world has food, shelter and a safe place to be—with our prayers and our resources. We have fish to help feed the world; great wildlife and beauty with mountains, the sea, and the delta that inspire us; and people young and old who like to solve problems! All of us our loved by God—and are needed to bring light and love to the world!

I’ve been thinking of this verse from Luke 3:11 “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” It’s some advice John the Baptist gave to the crowds who were awaiting the coming of the Messiah—Jesus, our friend—the reason we celebrate Christmas. It’s good advice for us, too. So many blessings come our way when we share. Feel that happiness and thankfulness coming your way! I’m looking forward to your stories of sharing and spreading peace and love and joy to those here and around the world now and in the New Year. God bless you!

Join us this Christmas season at St. George’s or one of the other churches in town!
Saturday December 24 8:00 pm —Candlelit Christmas Eve Service with Christmas carols, special music, and Holy Communion. The Rev. Belle will be preaching. Christmas treats afterward at the Red Dragon.
Sunday Dec. 25 10:30 am —Church Service with lots of Christmas carols; the Rev. Belle preaching; and Holy Communion. Later in the afternoon, we will be singing for the Hospital residents.

The Rev. Belle Mickelson is the priest at St. George’s Episcopal Church and the director of a village music program Dancing with the Spirit: She can be reached at 907-424-5143 or on her cell at 907-388-3347.