Dear brothers and sisters,
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, Romans 15:13.
Christmas brings joy, peace and resilient hope!
This year, while our hearts prepare to receive Christ the child, our thoughts and prayers are dominated by our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Their suffering remains a harrowing wound in the body of the Church, together with all those people across the globe, suffering from wars among other great challenges to humanity.
As we remember that modest couple, cast onto the road by a decision of the mighty, trying to find a place to give birth, we cannot forget those fleeing the war in search of refuge from an oppressive military invasion, putting at risk their lives and stability.
Yet, the good news brought to us by shepherds rekindles our hope. A hope deeply rooted in the promise made by our gracious God through Christ, the prince of peace.
Let us rejoice in the hope brought to us by Christ’s birth. Let us pray that we glorify Christ by joining our hands to work endlessly for justice, reconciliation and peace. Let us pray that God’s spirit touches our actions so the Church may influence and help realise peace in Europe and beyond!
Christ is born! May your Christmas be blessed abundantly!
Rev. Christian Krieger | CEC President
Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen | CEC General Secretary