Dear Friends in Christ,
2016 is drawing to a close, Advent is almost over, and we shall soon be gathering with family and friends to celebrate the birth of the One we believe is the source of Love, Hope, and Peace.
It has been an eventful year. We have, in some ways, achieved the amalgamation of our two presbyteries, but there is some way still to be travelled. We have not connected as well as we had hoped, and so we have not become as well acquainted with one another as we had dreamed we would, but there is still time, and we shall continue to work at achieving that level of connection that will keep the family together. Let us be patient with one another and continue to work together to attain our goal.
And while we may despair a little at our struggles, these pale into insignificance when we look around us and consider the misery into which millions of people are thrown into because of war. Never before have so many sought refuge, or have those who have endeavoured to provide refuge been the target of the oppressors. Are there no safe havens beyond our faith?
Yet, we must, as people of God, remain hopeful and pray for the strength that will sustain our love for all our brothers and sisters and help us in our continued efforts and gifts of money, talent and time to relieve some of the suffering of the oh so many who are not so fortunate as us.
Still, there is cause for rejoicing as we celebrate Jesus's birth and the hope it instills in each of us.
God bless you all and may your Christmas be a happy one.
Marc A. Grenon,
Chair, Québec Presbytery - Consistoire du Québec