Grace and peace from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ. We thank our God everytime we think of you, making mention of you in our prayers. We pray that the peace of God which transcends all understanding guards your and our hearts and minds by Christ Jesus.
Christ mas blessings to you in this Christmas, holiday and new year's season. As I always ask and wait to listen for you... How are YOU doing and be-ing?
As beloved community, we recognize that on this Christmas Day and holiday season there are those who are remembering beloved ones and may be mourning. For some, the holidays have been challenging times. And yet the promise of God is that the Joy of the Lord is our strength. And we thank God for Jesus who reminds us that those who mourn will be comforted. We gather as beloved community near and far and are together in the prayers for each one and for all. Our family, in this season, has been overcoming the unexpected death of our youngest brother David. And as I write, this is a Christmas like no other in his tangible and palpable absence. At the same time, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit blankets us and covers our hearts. We are thankful for the prayers of the people, the intercessors, our partners and for God's love that abounds, permeates and pervades in ways that we have not experienced before.
Still the miracles of Christmas have their way.
Unexpected birth, from an unexpected couple, God overshadowing humanity to bring life, as we behold the entrance of Jesus in the earth, we see human collaboration with God's love, plan and direction bring miracles abounding. As peoples, as nations, as God's creation, we need this now. And so today, we give thanks for Jesus and his life, ministry and presence in the earth and for the legacy, instructions, directions and all that he has given us. We give thanks for Jesus' presence with us know. Glory to God in the highest. Glory to God who is present with us. On earth peace - peace on the inside, peace on the outside, peace. Between us, peace.
May the love of God and the presence of the living Christ overwhelm you always and especially in these days. We are together in the prayers, dear one/s, for you and families. We join together with you with Jesus as our guide and leader to connect in for the love and transformation in these times.
We give thanks for an incredible year together and for your and our partnership together with God as we move into year 3 of The Gathering Chicago.
God's love, peace, joy and miracles abundantly seen,
From our families to yours,
Apostle LaDonna Nkosi
Founder and Convening Pastor
The Gathering Chicago
P.S. Be sure to check out our facebook fundraiser and if you would place ask your friends and fam to help us reach our goal. Thank you and God bless you so much!