Whenever I read this passage from Luke, I always linger on the pronouncement that the good news of great joy is “for all the people.” Such a broad and inclusive invitation and promise! As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised Christ, who is the bringer of joy and peace to all who welcome him, may each of us be extravagant in sharing His love, His peace, and His joy with ALL the people we meet and share our lives with. And may we be in prayer, on this day and every day, that as He came among us before in the stable in Bethlehem, He will indeed come among us again soon to establish His peaceable realm throughout the earth and for all people. Thanks be to God!
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Rev. Lucy Harris, a member of Albany Presbytery since 2007, is the pastor of ADK Church Without Walls in North Creek, NY and is also currently serving as Interim Pastor at Kingsbury Baptist Church. She also works as a ski lift operator, a whitewater rafting guide and a tie dye artist. An avid outdoors woman and a lover of music, Lucy is grateful for her many opportunities to share the good news of the gospel with people in many different settings, especially in contexts where the good news is not often proclaimed.