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Christmas Message from Bishop Tom Shaw

Our Christmas Gospel tells us: “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.” (John 1:12-13) Who are we as Christians, Episcopalians, but those who have received Jesus Christ into our lives once we believe in his saving power? Because of this we have the power to become children of God.

How much the world needs us, the children of God, in this time of economic uncertainty, war and global unrest, a deeply threatened environment and all the other challenges we face. How much the world needs, corporately and individually, the prophetic voice we have been given as children of God. How much the world needs our commitment to manifesting the kingdom of God in the darkest places of the globe and in the lives of human beings. How much the world needs the hope, good cheer and joy we have because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

May all of us as those who have been given the power to be children of God spread, in word and deed, the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the Christmas season and in this new year.

The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Christmas 2008

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