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Posted on December 24th 2015 by Teen Challenge Canada
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Merry Christmas!

Dan Murray"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them "Do no be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

The astounding thing about Christmas is the Incarnation - God becoming one of us. The shepherds headed out to the fields, expecting just another ordinary night of watching sheep. But their world was rocked as the Divine intersected their lives with the news of Christ's birth. This was entirely God's initiative, as unsuspecting world, so in need of hope, becomes home to the Son of God.

So it is with each of us. Even while we weren't looking, God reached out into our lives, bringing hope and salvation. And we became home to the Son of God.

And so it is for the men and women in Teen Challenge. Broken lives, without hope, encounter the Hope of Ages, who comes and dwells within them, offering the forgiveness and healing that forms the foundation of their recovery.

The Incarnation is not just a theological concept or a historical event. It is a real, transformative personal encounter with Jesus Christ, born in that manger so many years ago, accompanied by an Angel Choir singing for the shepherds.

And that is why Christmas is so meaningful.

To all Teen Challenge Canada Staff, thank you for serving the men and women at our Centres and for being the hands and feet of Jesus for them in the process.

I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.

 

Dan Murray, CEO

 

 


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