Christmas Letter 2019

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

The story of Christmas began on that historic night many years ago when Mary gave birth to baby Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem.

An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and named Jesus – Emmanuel, meaning “God is with us.”

The three wise men from the East visited Jesus in the stable and called Him “King of the Jews.”

When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, a voice from heaven said “This is my Son, the Beloved with whom I am well pleased.”

Two blind men who were healed by Jesus called Him “Son of David.”

Jesus referred to Himself as “Son of Man.”

Peter said to Jesus “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

The Pharisees and Sadducees called Him “Teacher.”

Jesus said:

  • “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
  • “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
  • “I am the gate for the sheep.  Whoever enters by me will be saved.”
  • “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Mary had no idea that the baby she held in her arms in the stable was to become the greatest person of all time.

As we celebrate Jesus’ birth, let us ask God to bless all babies expected to be born into the world and thank Him for sending Jesus to be our Saviour and Redeemer.

May you and your family be blessed with lasting peace, love, comfort and joy during this Christmas season and throughout the New Year!

Sincerely

Leslie Chin

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Christmas Letter 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

I write this Christmas Letter with sadness due to the recent passing of my mother on November 19.  She lived for 99 years and departed peacefully in her sleep at Shepherd Lodge Nursing Home.

My son Wayne and his wife Jackie, my daughter Laura and her daughter Chantal, my wife Carmen and I visited her the evening before she died.  Carmen prepared and fed her one of her favorite meals.  We did not know that it would be her last meal.  After dinner, she said she would like to lie on her bed so the nurse came and helped her out of her wheelchair and onto her bed.  We left her to sleep and have a good night’s rest.  She passed away during the night in her sleep.  She has left 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by my father in 1989 and my brother, Maurice in 1999.

Mama’s passing has brought much sadness to my family, at a time when we are preparing to celebrate joyfully the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Naturally, our joy for the arrival of baby Jesus is dampened by our sadness for Mama’s departure.  Yet, there is reason to rejoice for Mama because has not died – she has merely changed her address!  We will not see her in person, but we will see her in our thoughts, our prayers and our dreams.  Later on, we will see her in heaven living in her new home prepared specially for her.  This is the promise that Jesus made to all who believe in Him as the Son of God and Saviour of the world!

So, as the angels in heaven sing “Welcome home” to Mama, we also sing and welcome Jesus, as we celebrate his birth so many years ago in a little manger in a humble stable in Bethlehem.

  •  “Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace, Hail the Sun of Righteousness”
  •  “Light and life to all he brings, Ris’n with healing in his wings”
  •  “Mild he lays his glory by, Born that man may no more may die”
  •  “Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth”
  •  “Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the new-born king.”

Carmen and I extend to all our family and friends our sincere thanks for the many expressions of love and support we received during this difficult time of grief and sorrow.  May all who now mourn the passing of a loved one be comforted and strengthened by the Holy Spirit.  May you and your family be blessed with lasting peace, love, comfort and joy during this Christmas season and throughout the New Year!

Sincerely

Leslie Chin

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Christmas Letter 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

The story of the birth of Jesus describes the tremendous faith, trust and obedience of the principal persons involved – Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and three wise men.

Mary was caught completely off guard when the angel told her she was soon to give birth to a baby boy.  She was confused and perplexed because she was not yet married to Joseph and thought it was impossible for her to be pregnant.  The angel assured her the Holy Spirit would take care of her and so she should not be afraid. Mary readily accepted the huge task and responsibility of being the mother of Jesus.

Joseph, engaged to Mary, was distraught to learn that Mary was expecting to give birth to a baby that did not belong to him.  He decided to leave Mary but an angel told him in a dream that the child was from the Holy Spirit.  The angel also told Joseph that he must not be afraid to marry Mary.  Joseph obediently followed the angel’s instructions and fulfilled the role of Mary’s husband.

The shepherds who were keeping watch over their sheep in the field were startled and terrified when an angel suddenly appeared to them and told them about the birth of Jesus.  They overcame their initial fear when the angel comforted them and told them where the child was born.  Inspired by the good news brought by the angel, they immediately decided to go and see the newborn child.

The three wise men who saw a special bright star in the sky decided to follow it for many miles because they believed it would lead them to where a new baby was born and who was to be the king of the Jews.

Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and three wise men all displayed a strong faith and trust in the message they received about the birth of Jesus and responded positively in celebrating the first and greatest Christmas of all in a stable in Bethlehem.  We pray that you also will celebrate this Christmas with a strong faith and trust in God’s love and mercy and acceptance of His plan for you.

May you and your family be blessed with lasting peace, love, comfort and joy during this Christmas season and throughout the New Year!

Sincerely

Leslie & Carmen Chin

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Christmas Letter 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King!”

These words of the popular carol exhort us to celebrate the birth of Jesus with our hearts full of joy.  There is every reason to be joyful in welcoming baby Jesus into our midst.  His birth marked the start of a new way of life for all – a life of faith, hope, love, forgiveness, compassion, humility, respect, peace.  Throughout His life on earth, He taught, encouraged and challenged us to accept and follow His teachings.

The predominant current events of violent behavior causing death and suffering among so many people and the loss of loved ones this past year could dampen our spirit of joy during this Christmas season.  Some of our relatives and friends may also be experiencing the effects of serious illness.  So while we celebrate with joy, we remember and pray for all those who are not so fortunate to enjoy the festivity of this special time of the year.

Perhaps this year, we could all experience a deeper feeling of true joy that we have never felt before.  With this in mind, I wish you all –

  •   The joy of peace – in spirit, mind and body
  •   The joy of hope – in all your dreams and aspirations
  •   The joy of faith – in all your beliefs and commitments
  •   The joy of trust – in God’s promises
  •   The joy of gratitude – for all your blessings, large and small
  •   The joy of patience – in every stressful situation
  •   The joy of forgiveness – in times of hurt feelings
  •   The joy of humility – in appreciating satisfying accomplishments
  •   The joy of compassion – for those who are poor and homeless
  •   The joy of encouragement – for those who are sick and dying
  •   The joy of listening – in times of quiet reflections
  •   The joy of love – in loving others and being loved

May you and your family be blessed with the peace, love and joy of Christ during this holy season and may the joyful spirit of Christmas be with all of you throughout the New Year!

Sincerely

Leslie & Carmen Chin

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Christmas Letter 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

During this time of Advent, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas day.  We anticipate with great excitement the moments of joy as we greet each other with good wishes, warm smiles, hugs and kisses.  It’s a time to celebrate with dining, singing, dancing and sharing happy times with family and friends.

It is also a time to reflect on the reason Jesus was born into this world – to be our Saviour and Redeemer.  He taught us a new way of life – love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and our neighbour as ourselves.

Perhaps this year, as we think of Jesus being born in a stable and laying in a manger, we could also imagine His spirit resting in our in heart, filling us with peace that He alone can give.  Let us all yearn faithfully for this peace that comes not from worldly possessions but from a deep and loving relationship with Jesus our Lord.

Recent tragic events tell us that the world is in dire need of conversion and healing of hearts and minds that have turned away from God.  Celebrating the birth of Jesus reminds us that we are all one family.  We should therefore pray diligently for each other’s needs, especially for those who have suffered from acts of violence.  We should also pray for God’s help in bringing peace to the world, especially places afflicted by violent conflicts.  And in accordance with Pope Francis’ designation of the year 2016 as Holy Year of Mercy, we are encouraged to heal and strengthen our relationships by embracing and performing acts of mercy to others in our daily lives and to ask for God’s mercy for our own errors in judgement, attitude and behaviour toward others.  Let us all persevere with faith and trust in God’s help and guidance to bring lasting peace and goodwill to all through our acts of love and mercy.

May you and your family be blessed with the peace and joy of Christ during this holy season and may the spirit of Christ be with all of you throughout the New Year!

Sincerely

Leslie and Carmen Chin

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Christmas Letter 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS

               AND

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The unexpected passing of several of my dear friends this year has brought me much sadness and caused me to reflect on the importance of living our lives in preparation for the day when our time in this life comes to an end.  As family and friends gathered to say goodbye to their loved ones and to celebrate their lives, we prayed for God’s mercy and blessings for them as they journey to their home in heaven.

At this time of the year, it is our custom to gather with family and friends to celebrate the start of a new life here on earth – the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  On that silent and holy night, the star shone brightly above the humble stable where Jesus was born as the shepherds and kings joined Mary and Joseph in marvelous adoration of the baby fast asleep in the manger.  The kings brought precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and the angels sang beautiful songs of joy to the world.

Like the three kings in the nativity story, we also offer gifts to our family and friends in celebrating Christmas.  These gifts are an expression of love and friendship that connect us to each other.  The thought occurred to me of giving a gift to Jesus, not the infant, but our Risen Lord and Redeemer.  What gifts could we offer that would be pleasing to him?

  1. –  Trust in God’s love and mercy  
  2. –  Be compassionate and forgiving                                          
  3. –  Share words of comfort and encouragement                   
  4. –  Be generous with acts of kindness                                         
  5. –  Be always thankful for all of God’s gifts                            
  6. –  Obey God’s will

Maybe we could package all these gifts in an all-in-one gift – Love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and our neighbour as ourselves.  We will know for sure that Jesus is pleased with our gift when he says – “Come and inherit the kingdom prepared for you.”

May you and your family be blessed with the peace and joy of Christ during this holy season and may the spirit of Christmas be with all of you throughout the New Year!

 

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