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December 21, 2011

Posted Thursday, December 22, 2011, at 2:52 PM

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:6-7

Since at least the fourth century in Rome, Christians have celebrated the incarnation and nativity of Jesus Christ on December 25. The time between December 25 and January 6 (Epiphany) has become an occasion for the church to celebrate and give thanks for the arrival of God's Word made flesh - the light of God that has come into the world, the light that even death could not extinguish.

Christmas represents three words: God in flesh; or Incarnation. Christmas proclaims that God has come in flesh, has come "to save us all from Satan's power." Christmas celebrates far more than a birthday; it celebrates the salvation given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ was sent among us order to save us. What we pay homage to at Christmas, is that ultimate fulfillment of God's saving purpose begins with the birth of Jesus, the Savior. God's only Son is born among us in order to save the world. This is the message of Christmas. Christmas is a time of peace and hope. No matter who you are, your heart cannot resist the beauty of an ornamented Christmas tree. Cynicism gives way to the celebration when carefully preparing holiday sweets or stringing colorful lights around the entrance to your home. Any heart warms to a rousing rendition of "Joy to The World" or the smell of baking in the kitchen.

Sadness leaves when carefully choosing gifts to delight and surprise those you love. The heart feels rich and fulfilled as you wrap them in paper and bows. For just a while, life takes on an extraordinary hue, one of sweetness and safety. Something joyful and healing happens to our hearts. That is to enter the season of Christmas with the intention of being a personal messenger of light and love, and celebrate in the name of Jesus Christ. Nothing transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary more directly than the intention to do whatever you are doing with the desire to serve him. When we celebrate the season with such an intention and desire, we not only experience Christmas . . . we actually become Christmas: an agent of rebirth of the soul and the bringer of light. All in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. What a reason to celebrate!

May your holiday's be blessed and remember, Jesus is the reason for the Season.

As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Missouri House. If you would like to discuss any issue, please call 573-751-3629. You can also email me at Kent.Hampton@house.mo.gov. I look forward to hearing from you.



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