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Christmas, a Season of Wonder!

As a boy, I loved thumbing through the Sears and JC Penny’s catalogues marking Christmas gift ideas for my mom to pass on to Santa. The nativity set in my grandparents’ home evoked a deep sense of mystery in the curious scene. The song, Little Drummer Boy, fueled my imagination as I thought about what it would have been like to actually see the baby Jesus. Christmas is a celebration of life in all its fullness and possibility.

Christmas is a season of wonder, hope, joy; a time of mystery shrouded in wonder and celebrated with joy. The hope of Israel for a messiah was realized in the birth of a child to a peasant Jewish girl in a small hamlet in Palestine. Millenia of promise stretching back to the time of Adam and Eve was fulfilled through the Babe in a manger. “What child is this…?” as the song says.

Christmas is a time of abundant celebration. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and life in abundance.” Life flowed out of Jesus in such abundance that the lame could walk, the sick were healed, the blind could see. This flourishing of life is celebrated with décor, beautifully decorated trees, lavish gift-giving, and hearty meals with friends and family.

The Lights of Christmas celebrates the Christmas message through a wondrous display of light and beauty wrapped in joy. Light always signifies life and hope in the Bible. What better way to celebrate the Light of the world than through the brilliance of over 1 million lights set in creative display. The pageantry points to the flourishing possibilities brought to life by that Babe in a manger.

May the light and warmth of Christ kindle in you wonder, hope, and joy this Christmas season.

-Patrick Patterson, COO
Warm Beach Camp Ministries
Home of The Light of Christmas

Flourishing and Abundance

Abundance from God has a surprising connection with our confession and acknowledgement of our own brokenness and limitations. I have found enormous freedom and confidence by recognizing God is coursing through my life, and increasingly living His will through me. The challenge is to lean into the growth God is putting before me. By leaning into God, I experience flourishing.  Warm Beach Camp Ministries stands in the abundant provision of God. It is daily. It is beyond what we could see or ...

Grateful for Our Faithful Volunteers

I have worked at Warm Beach Camp for many years. Only recently did I begin working with volunteers in a broader context while serving as the Interim Volunteer Coordinator. What an encouragement to all the staff to see how faithfully the volunteers want to serve. Several volunteers help us for many hours each week. So much of what they do is critical to the ministry. During The Lights of Christmas, we have volunteers that fall into the age category of “the golden years” ...

God’s Enduring Love

As we transition from 2021 to 2022 there is a profound truth that has become our focus for 2022:  God’s Enduring Love. We just finished the 24th season of The Lights of Christmas, the 2nd year of a drive-thru format. We shared and experienced God’s enduring love. The story of Jesus coming to save us, God coming to be with us, was clearly evident through, and word. We are grateful for all those who chose to take this in. As we look ...