‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

Like most, if not all of you, as a child Christmas couldn’t get here fast enough. I loved the music, the lights, the break from school, and, of course, the presents. I have many pleasant memories. As the years went on and I became a parent of three great boys, more happy memories ensued.
The older I’ve gotten, the more and more I realize the true mixed emotions that the season brings. The hyper sentimentality of the season only heightens grief and disappointment over those not with us or over broken or strained relationships. The season brings melancholy and sadness for many.
The basis for our celebration is the incarnation- the coming in the flesh of the second person of the Trinity, the Lord Jesus Christ. He came to deal with the root cause of our sadness and longing. He came to defeat sin and death. The incarnation is the true message of good news just as the angels proclaimed to those scared shepherds on the Judean hillside.
Let’s be mindful of those for whom the holidays are more to be endured than enjoyed. Let’s pray for God’s grace and encouragement for the hurting and seek to be God’s agent of comfort. Let’s purpose to focus on the good news that is the only basis for real and lasting joy. ‘Tis the season for hurting as well as happy people

Paul Bankson
pbankson@gmail.com

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).