December 2018 Partner Letter
Joy to the world, the Lord has come!!
One of the most well known atheists of his day was a man named C.S. Lewis. Memories from his childhood revealed a deep desire for joy. (His mother died when he was just a boy). As a child he imagined places where joy existed freely and eternally. As an adult, he read the romantic poets, Plato, and Norse Germanic mythologies in hopes of finding a sense of lasting joy. “I doubt whether anyone who has tasted joy would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasures in the world,” wrote Lewis.
Of his conversion in 1929, he said he found that “…The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.” Lewis’s final step to Christianity came when he accepted the incarnation of Jesus Christ as fact. “I was now approaching the source from which those arrows of Joy had been shot at me ever since childhood” . . .. He had “No slightest hint that there ever had been or ever would be any connection between God and Joy”. If anything, it was the reverse. I had hoped that the heart of reality might be of such a kind that we can best symbolize it as a place; instead, I found it to be a Person.” Eternal joy was at last a reality for C. S. Lewis.
His autobiography was entitled: Surprised by Joy.
“The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. Although the world was made through him, the world didn’t recognize him when he came. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan—this rebirth comes from God”! (Jn. 1)
Someone has said that the life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked “No Entrance” and left through a door marked “No Exit.”
It is a season of miracles, healing and a time when impossibilities are possible, as we believe in the greatest gift ever given to man! Jesus is the reason for the season!
We love you so. You are more than our partners; you are our eternal friends and co-laborers in Christ. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and have a blessed and prosperous New Year!
Cindy, Lois and Ray