Looking out my office window, I have a difficult time believing Christmas is just a couple of weeks away. With temperatures in the 60’s and green grass as far as my eye can see, I feel as if we should be preparing for a barbecue instead of roasting chestnuts. Christmas, indeed feels like a long way off.
Looking at the state of our country and our world, Christmas again seems far too distant. Instead of celebrating peace and love, we see a world overflowing with violence and hatred and our consumerism far too indifferent to the realities of poverty, suffering and injustice in our midst. Yet, there is hope! The Christ child was not sent to bring peace to a peaceful world nor joy to a world already overflowing with happiness. No, Christ came as a gift of God’s presence among us, an answer to all that ails us. When I take time to truly consider this gift, this loving miracle, Christmas no longer feels distant. Like a child unable to put head to pillow on Christmas Eve, I am filled with an anticipatory excitement as I await the birth of the Christ child who brings renewed joy to a world thirsting for Good News.
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is a tangible sign of this Good News. When you think about God’s presence in our world, I hope you find comfort, just as I do, in knowing that CRCDS continues to provide Christ-centered leaders who are pastoral, prophetic and learned. I hope, too, you join me in thanking God for CRCDS and for the vital role it plays in forming leaders who make the church and our world more caring, more thoughtful, more just and more loving.
Please take time to express your thankfulness for the good news of CRCDS by making your gift of support today. Our vitally important work cannot be accomplished without friends like you who believe in the CRCDS mission of preparing church and community leaders who truly make a difference in our world.
Thank you for making your year-end gift to CRCDS and thank you for your continued prayers. I wish you and your loved ones a joyous Advent, a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
P.S. We are so grateful for your generosity.