First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Monday, December 06, 2021
Live and Share God's Love

From the Pastor

Rev. Rebecca Voss




Dear First Family of Faith,

Every morning on my drive to church, I first drop off our daughters at their schools. Between our home and West High School, Joy connects her phone to the sound system and has been playing Christmas music since November 1. This morning she selected a familiar song by Gene Autry and Oakley Halderman:

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus right down Santa Claus Lane

However, there were some extra stanzas that I never heard before…
Peace on earth will come to all if we just follow the light
So let's give thanks to the Lord above, 'cause Santa Claus comes tonight

He is a miracle come to all if we just follow the light
So let's give thanks to the Lord above, 'cause Santa Claus comes tonight

Though I’m certainly happy about Santa Claus coming with gifts under the tree, our real longing and need is for peace on earth and a miracle for all. The snappy little song reminds us those things “come to all if we just follow the light”. As the Gospel of John puts it, “In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (v. 4-5)

As individuals and as a church, let’s follow the Light of the World, the gift of God’s self, who left the glory of heaven clothed in vulnerable humanity. Chris comes! As we seek and follow the light of Christ, we’ll find ourselves working to bring God’s peace and justice, and the miracles of hope and love as we serve the hurting.

So let’s give thanks to the Lord above. Not only because it’s Santa Claus season, but most importantly because God is with us – Emmanuel. The light of the Star, the radiance of God’s glory, and the glory shining with singing choirs of angels all lead us to Christ. And what happens when we follow Christ? A multitude of the heavenly host tell us: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.” (Matthew 2:14)

Many thanks for all the gifts and times you’ve so generously shared with and through our church in 2021. As we continue to work for peace and bring miracles to more people, we would appreciate any Christmas-time gifts to help us expand our ministry and reflect Christ’s light to more people. Let’s keep following the Light and giving thanks to God above!

Pastor Rebecca