The News

The News

Today’s Scripture Selection: Luke 2:11

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Every day, often several times a day, on our TV, our radio, our smartphone, our iPad we get the “news”.

Sometimes it’s encouraging, often it is not.

Sometimes it’s confusing or we question its accuracy.

Sometimes it’s what we expected to hear.

Sometimes we are shocked at what we hear.

Sometimes it’s about what is happening in some far flung piece of the world with a name we can’t pronounce.

Sometimes it’s about what is happening right next door.

Sometimes it’s about the stranger, sometimes we or someone we know, perhaps love, are in the headlines.

It’s the news and it informs, frustrates, confuses, comforts, or simply keeps us wondering what is going to happen next.

It’s the world’s news and, it seems to me, the old adage is true: “the more things change the more they stay the same.”

Then there’s a different kind of news.

It’s not about politics or sports or the latest breakthroughs in medicine.  It’s not about who was just elected.  It’s not about who just blew something up with a homemade bomb.  It’s not about the economy or any of that.

It’s about God and how much He loves the world.

It’s about a Savior born a long time ago in a manger, who is Christ the Lord.

It’s the gospel – the good news.

We hear it again; celebrate it again, every December.

It is the news first delivered by an angel.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

There has never been, nor there will there ever be, more significant – or better – news than this.

Merry Christmas.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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