Joy to the World – the Lord has Come! These opening words to the much
beloved Christmas carol speak to a joy that transcends human understanding.
Throughout the Scriptures we read of the joy of the Lord, the joy amid trial
and sorrow, the joy of relying on God and the joy of Christian community. Yet,
there is no greater joy than the coming of the Emmanuel, the “gift of God with
us” to all who would believe. What a privilege it is to serve a God of such
love, compassion, peace and, indeed, joy. I am delighted to share with you our
annual Advent devotional to help you find special meaning in this joyful and
contemplative time of the year. I am grateful to Messiah colleagues who have
written poignant and insightful reflections about their personal faith
journeys. I hope you find them helpful as you prepare your heart and soul for
the celebration of the sacred during this Christmas season.
During this special time of year, I ask you to include Messiah College and
our students in your faithful prayers and year-end giving. Your support is
essential to our ability to provide a high quality, Christ-centered, Messiah
College education to all who wish to enroll. Thank you for your generosity!
May you and your loved ones experience peace and joy this Advent season.
Kim S. Phipps
Messiah College president