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DECEMBER 2013 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6

THE GOOD NEWS The Gift of Life

By Pastor Allen Diaz “Help, Mom. Help, Mooooom.” My face con-

torted. My arms flailing, screaming as loud as I could, I ran along the levy towards the dock where our boat was moored. We lived on a twenty-five foot Bayliner on

Bethel Island near the San Francisco bay area. My mom and step dad were inside cooking breakfast. Bacon and scrambled eggs seared in the frying pan. The aroma and sizzle of the bacon must have distracted them from the perilous event. Minutes earlier that morning I was getting a lit- tle antsy waiting for breakfast so I figured I would

take a short walk along the levy, look out at the water, and watch the birds dive for their food. Maybe even get a glimpse of an early morning fisherman catch- ing their meal for the day. As I began my journey, feet crunching along the layer of freshly laid gravel, I happened to briefly look back at the boat. To this day I cannot remember for the life of me why I looked back, I just did. Peering through the front window, I could see my parents laughing, smiling and enjoying their time. Beyond them, past the kitchenette, over the furniture and through a crack in the back window which was mostly covered by a blue burlap curtain, I caught a glimpse of a small body. My four year old sister. She dropped off the back of the boat and quickly sunk into the deep greenish blue water. My heart dropped. She’d attempted to jump from the boat to the dock in the effort of following me on my walk. I ran towards the boat. I couldn’t see her in the water. Time stood still. My legs could not move fast enough. All I could see was the boat rocking on the top of the water slowly edging towards the dock. “She has got to be there,” I thought. “Oh please, God please, let her still

be there.” My parents heard me screaming and were watching me through the window, dazed and confused. I just kept screaming, heart pounding. I fell to my knees at the side of the boat and pushed the boat away from the dock. I couldn’t see anything. “Is she gone?” Knees and toes digging into the wood

of the dock, one hand on the boat, I somehow managed to contour my body upside down, reaching as deep as my hand would go under the water. “Is that her?” I felt what seemed to be a finger tip. I stretched, tears running down my face. “Oh God, please let it be her and not some dumb buoy.” I don’t know if she came up a little or I stretched a little bit further, but I could feel her hand desperately trying to grab mine. Reaching more, I grabbed her hand and with one arm I--a ninety pound eleven year old boy--lifted her out of the water as if I were a powerful Olympic gymnast. For the first time in my life she was not my annoying four year old sister. She was a welcomed gift from God. This Christmas season you may feel like you are sinking. Maybe things

have not gone according to plan. Maybe someone hurt you or you feel broken, lost or even depressed. There is good news. No matter the trauma life has brought you there is HOPE. Jesus is reaching out to you with an outstretched arm. He is whispering in your ear. Can you hear it? Listen! John 10:10: “I have come that you may have life and life abundantly.” Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you…..plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” He loves you. God can take your cir- cumstance and turn it around instantly. God can heal your body. He can take away the trouble and give you triumph. He can take away your heartache and give you hope. He can take away your pain and give you purpose. It is not about the gifts, the people, or the even the warm fuzzy feelings we get during this festive season.

It is simply about Jesus and the many promises that come

with His birth: Promises of life, peace, freedom, joy and knowledge that you can have a relationship with your Creator. During this Christmas season if you need help, if you need someone to talk to or you just need prayer; please don’t hesitate to give me a call at (951)965-5136. Just ask for me, Pastor Allen. I would love to hear from you. If you are ever in the Wildomar area and are looking for a friendly loving

church come visit us here at In The Light Church. “In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of man.”--John 1:4. Bless us everyone!

I look forward to hearing from you. God

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