Joy to the world, the Christmas season is here! For pastors, it’s a sacred chance to re-tell the nativity and share life with their flock. Though burdens come, blessings abound. Shepherding God’s people is a privilege, guiding them through pain and celebration alike. Needs become clearer now, challenging year-round service and giving. Prodigal members return, doors open for the gospel. Despite the stresses, pastors have much to celebrate this year. Gather round the manger once more. Let carols ring, fill hampers for the poor, and tend your weary soul. The Christ child comes anew! His birth story overflows with tidings of comfort and joy. Drink deeply of its hope this season.