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Iroquois Principal's Corner — December 7, 2021

He is born! The Son of God has come to dwell among us. A humble servant who came to experience life in a broken world just like the rest of us. What a God we serve!

Every Christmas, my senses of smell, sight, taste, and sound are bringing me back to Christmases of the past, with so many great memories shared with family and friends. I love Christmas time. One of my favorite things about Christmas is Christmas music, particularly the song “O Holy Night.” I think I have this in common with many.

While many of the lyrics to “O Holy Night” are beautiful and meaningful, I’d like to talk about two lines that stand out to me:

“Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love, and His gospel is peace.”

These two lines of the song would refer to what Jesus did as an adult, “He taught us.” These lines remind me that Jesus has given us the tools and lessons in Scripture to love One Another. Jesus was pretty explicit in his commands to us that we are to love one another. And why did he come here to share his law of love? Because he first loved us and wants each of us to experience his gift of love with each other, and he won’t stop at anything to share this message with us. Let me write that again. He wants us to love each other because he loves us! 

In this Christmas season, with whatever you are experiencing, I encourage you to take a moment to pause and focus on the message of love that Jesus teaches us. A message that was written for each and everyone one of us. 

He is born! Hope and love for all. Now let’s go and tell about this hope and love to others. I pray you have a Christmas that Christ’s love is so evident. He loves you so much. Let’s share that love with each other. May you all have a Merry Christmas!

—John Barkel

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