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Brothers & Friends,

We are very thankful at the close of 2015 for each one of you, your friendship and generosity toward us as an expression of the Lord’s love and provision at Locking Arms. The title of the great carol, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” has a meaning that is hidden from us in contemporary language. It can be better understood with two simple changes that make a world of difference. In old english (16th & 17th Centuries) the word rest could be rendered make and merry could be understood as mighty. Robin Hood’s merry men were his mighty men.

Applying these changes to our Christmas carol we have “God Make You Mighty, Gentlemen.” In that spirit I want to wish all of you a Mighty Christmas in the name of the mighty Christ. He is the Son, eternally begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth that we worship. By His Spirit imparted to us by the victory of the gospel we have become the mighty sons of God.

A Mighty Christmas to You & Your Family