United Methodist Church Anna
Monday, January 18, 2021
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

From the Pastor



Tim’s Tidbits

As we are in the midst of the COVID pandemic that seems to be endless, I feel it is fair to say that celebrating Christmas will be different this year. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still celebrate.

As I write this month’s tidbits I am sitting in a cabin in the middle of the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. And as Myra and I have driven back and forth to various venues and sightseeing excursions we have joked that we have had our highs and lows of the week going up and down the mountainside. But the view has been wonderful.

As we visited Dollywood yesterday one of the shows we watched was titled “O Holy Night.” It was a nativity story that brought meaning to why we celebrate Christmas and what gifts we bring to Jesus.

The shepherds were three brothers. The youngest of the three was wondering what kind of gift to bring to Jesus as they ventured from the hillside to Bethlehem. When they arrived he told Mary that they had no special gifts to give to the baby, such as the Wise Men brought, but what they did have was strength, wisdom, and especially love.

As we watched I was reminded that Jesus came as a gift of love from God and we are to exhibit and show that same love to those around us. This little shepherd boy reminded us that we have this gift of love in our hearts to give to others, including giving back to Jesus.

In the midst of all that is going on in the world today, we can still give the gift of love wherever we are. Maybe we need a reminder of what Christmas and God’s love is all about.


The following song lyrics may help us…


“C” is for the Christ Child born upon this day;

“H” for herald angels in the night.

“R” means our Redeemer;
“I” means Israel;

“S” is for the star that shone so bright.

“T” is for three wise men,
They who traveled far.

“M” is for the manger where He lay.

“A” is for all He stands for;

“S” means shepherds came,

And that’s why there’s a Christmas Day.


You see, Christmas is not about the parties, the baking, the shopping, the gathering of family and/or friends, or even the presents that we think we need in order to have Christmas. All we need is Jesus, the gift of love that came to earth; the baby in the manger.

Jesus is indeed the reason for the season.  

See you Sunday if not before.


                                                                             Pastor Tim