Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or in writing.

Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or in writing.

LETTER: Langley man asks people to remember the true reason for Christmas

Find new ways to mark the holiday season during the global pandemic, a letter writer suggests

Dear Editor,

A Christmas wish for all.

It is fall, the vibrant rich colours of the season are behind us for another year, and fall continues with rain and some sunshine.

As we move into December the seasons will soon change again. We have winter ahead of us, another season of majestic beauty in a different way. The seasons have good order to them. Fall to renew the ground and winter to allow the dormancy of the ground to prepare for new planting in spring.

Yes, seasons without end, God is great!

• READ MORE: Ultimate Christmas light display returns to Langley street

As we approach December, the mind of many immediately focuses on Christmas. It seems to be a season that bridges fall and winter, a season itself.

For some Christmas is a time of gifts and giving, holidays and good memories, for others it is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. For most folk it is a season not to be forgotten.

This year we have been told Christmas will not be a family celebration. It is time to hunker down and do due diligence to all government mandates, mandates that will slow the spread of a serious disease and include changes to daily life that are far beyond what anyone would have imagined for 2020 and perhaps in the time ahead.

How will you celebrate Christmas this year?

If it is gifts and good cheer, we hope you enjoy the season with family and friends if allowed.

If not, please find joy in another way and do not let the government mandates give you a big sense of loss. And so… from us to you… Merry Christmas, may the season be filled with new-found ways of joy, fun and laughter.

Our family, and many others, plan to celebrate the Christmas season in our usual way. Oh yes, it would be nice to share some gifts and good cheer with family and friends!

But our usual way is to remember the birth of our Lord Jesus. Not in a random way, as if his birth is the only thing that matters, but to celebrate that he came to bring freedom to those who believe in him, freedom from the guilt of sin through his death and resurrection.

That celebration is what brings us great comfort and joy, that is our weekly celebration in all circumstances of life, a celebration that no government mandate can restrict and provides peace and security in all of life. May that celebration carry many through Christmas 2020 and throughout 2021!

A blessed Christmas season to all.

Paul Schouten, Murrayville

.

Do you have an opinion you’d like to share. Please send us a letter to the editor, include your first and last name, your address, and your phone number. Email to editor@langleyadvancetimes.com. In the meantime, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

ChristmasCoronavirusLetter to the Editor

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank is located at 2356 156 St. (File photo)
Door-to-door canvassers not working on behalf of Sources Food Bank, says manager

Accredited White Rock, South Surrey, Langley food bank does not canvas for donations

Langley resident Joel Harrison has been signed by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2021 MLS Superdraft (Vancouver Whitecaps/Special to The Star)
Langley soccer player joins Vancouver Whitecaps through 2021 MLS Superdraft

20-year-old centre back Joel Harrison joins the team with three other players

Langley MP Tako van Popta visited Aldergrove's Return-It Depot to commend owner Sung Kim on the oil collection project. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
Langley MP commends Aldergrove Return-It Depot’s environmental efforts

Oil collection has been occuring at the facility since December through the help of a grant

Police were called to the scene of 198A Street and 81st Avenue on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Curtis Kreklau/Special to Black Press Media)
VIDEO: Possible shots fired on Langley/Surrey border Thursday evening

Police had one vehicle towed and gathered evidence at the scene

(Black Press Media files)
Snowfall expected for Lower Mainland on Saturday night, Sunday morning

2 to 5 cm of snow predicted Metro Vancouver, according to Environment Canada

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin sets up for mass vaccination clinic in Toronto, Jan. 17, 2021. B.C. is set to to begin its large-scale immunization program for the general public starting in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
B.C.’s COVID-19 mass vaccinations expected to start in April

Clinics to immunize four million people by September

The Vancouver-based SAR team successfully rescued two lost snowshoers off of the west side of Tim Jones Peak in the early morning of Monday, Jan. 19. (North Shore Rescue photo)
B.C.’s busiest SAR team raises alarm after 2021 begins with fatality, multiple rescues

‘People beyond ski resort areas of Seymour, Grouse, and Cypress go without cell reception,’ SAR warns

Post-COVID-19 recovery clinic in Surrey, at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre. (Photo: Fraser Health)
Surrey gets one of three post-COVID-19 recovery clinics

The Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre is located at 9750 140th Street

Competitors make their way through the course at the 2019 Canadian Cross Country Championships, which was hosted by Abbotsford in 2019. (File photo)
Abbotsford to host 2023 Canadian Cross Country Championships

Clearbrook Park last hosted the event in 2019, Ottawa hosting 2021 and 2022 races

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Abbotsford Police officers investigate the scene after a pedestrian was struck and killed on Friday morning. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Male pedestrian, 37, killed in Abbotsford after being struck by vehicle

Collision took place in 31800 block of South Fraser Way on Friday morning

Police are searching for an alleged sex offender, Nicole Edwards, who they say has not returned to her Vancouver halfway house. (Police handout)
Police hunt for woman charged in ‘horrific’ assault who failed to return to Surrey halfway house

Call 911 immediately if you see alleged sex offender Nicole Edwards, police say

A screenshot from a local Instagram account video. The account appeared to be frequented by Mission students, and showed violent videos of students assaulting and bullying other students.
Parents, former students describe ‘culture of bullying’ in Mission school district

Nearly two dozen voices come forward speaking of abuse haunting the hallways in Mission, B.C.

Joe Biden, then the U.S. vice-president, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take their seats at the start of the First Ministers and National Indigenous Leaders meeting in Ottawa, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau, Biden to talk today as death of Keystone XL reverberates in Canada

President Joe Biden opposed the Keystone XL expansion as vice-president under Barack Obama

Most Read