These are the languages in which the Gospel is preached in the USA Eastern Territory. In any language, the message is the same. For a believer, this simple Christmas greeting expresses one’s desire to share the joy that comes from a personal relationship with the Babe of Bethlehem—who became our Savior.
In many countries where Christianity is not the major religious influence, similar greetings are more of an expression of New Year’s wishes. People are unaware of, or uninterested in, this season in which we celebrate God’s gift of salvation coming to the world.
Sadly, even in the U.S., the “merriness” often has little to do with the joy God intended for His beloved creation.
Christmastime affords opportunities for The Salvation Army to be even more visible and engaged to meet human need in Christ’s name. So, once again, we pray that each toy distributed, each clang of a kettle bell, every food basket given or meal prepared, and all of the compassionate visits to homes and hospitals may express the real joy that comes from God and truly makes Christmas “merry.”
To you who deliver God’s joy, thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ. May His joy be magnified in you this Christmas.
— Commissioners Bill and Lorraine Bamford