We didn’t know what to make of the sudden unnerving sounds of police and emergency sirens piercing the normal quiet of our neighborhood. But we could tell there were several vehicles there by the sounds of many sirens and lots of blue and red flashing lights. They had passed by our front door too fast for us to get there to see what was going on, but when we saw the lights flashing beyond the houses on the street behind us, we thought that maybe there was some medical emergency or criminal disturbance nearby. When the lights didn’t go out, and the sirens continued to blaze, we noticed they were moving back toward our street. This time I made it to the front door just in time to see a parade of police and emergency vehicles going by with a Santa Claus riding atop an ambulance waving and shouting Christmas cheer to everyone. Whew!

No doubt the shepherds were relieved on a hillside just outside Bethlehem two millennia ago when the lights and sounds were the herald of good news and joy! The voices from the sky led them to the manger where, in quiet awe, they gazed at their King and Savior.

I don’t know what kind of noise or chaos, or anxiety or trouble is in your life right now. This season is your chance to look to the Light, listen for the Voices, and gaze once again at your King and Savior. I believe that you will find the peace, joy, and grace that is just what you need for this moment in your life if you will really pause to gaze anew into His face.

On behalf of the entire Rocky Mountain team of pastors, teachers, office, and support staff, we send our love, best wishes, and joy to you and your family during this season and through the coming year.

–Mic Thurber, RMC president