Once again Christmas is suddenly upon us, with all its flurry of mixed emotions and stresses! Busy lives midst the mistletoe, turkeys, decorations, presents, crackers, cards and family gatherings!
Last year, I missed out on the celebrations. Being ill in hospital, I was ‘excused duties’.
Alas, I missed out on the real joy of Christmas; that is, celebrating the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Behind all those usual traditions that have been introduced over centuries, that amazing event of a humble stable birth ever remains central for all mankind. It is nothing less than God being made flesh, coming to heal our broken world.
It is indeed God reaching out with love to comfort our lives with hope and peace. As each Christmas comes, during the hustle and bustle of it all, I pray we may all take the opportunity to pause and take this true meaning into our hearts. Find a sacred moment of quietness and consider deeply God’s gracious personal gift; and then receive him with joy and peace. My wish then for all of us is summed up in a verse from one of my favourite carols, ‘O little town of Bethlehem’
‘How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts, the blessings of his heaven. No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.’
May you, and yours, find in Christmas 2019 all your hearts long for.