The Christmas season is filled with times of welcome and farewell. We have people over for gatherings. We welcome family back home for the holidays. Students come back from college. In a short time we need to say goodbye as people head on to their next adventure. The word “goodbye” is derived from an earlier blessing, “God be with you.”
Jesus said goodbye to the perfect presence of the Father to enter into our world and say hello to us in a new way. We are grateful for this gracious act that brings salvation to all who embrace Jesus by faith. Because of God’s goodness toward us we want to share our lives with others through hospitality and proactive interaction with others for the sake of the kingdom of God.