‘The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.’ [John 1:14 MSG]
Christmas is a very special time for most people. At the very least, it gives us the opportunity to take a break from our daily routines and to spend some quality time with family and friends.
But Christmas is far more than a chance for well-deserved break. It’s far more even than an opportunity for a harmless bit of self-indulgence or to shower our children and all those we love with gifts which show our love and concern for them.
Christmas is a celebration of the new-born King; the God who becomes one of us to renew us and give us new life.
Christmas celebrates the birth of the one who shows by His coming among us that love can be a reality even in the midst of a troubled world inhabited by a deeply flawed human race. Christmas shows us that love and new life can prevail even in the muddle which we call ‘day to day’ living.
But the problem with Christmas these days is that the sheer busyness of preparing for it can leave us drained and tired and completely stressed-out rather than being in the mood for a joyful celebration of any kind. Modern life can be exhausting at the best of times, Christmas preparations on top of everything else can sometimes feel impossible!
The Christmas message which is celebrated in our churches can help give this season a sense of meaning and reality. The opportunity for worship and reflection can also help us to regain a sense of balance in our lives and help us discover, or rediscover, what Christmas is all about.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed and joyful Christmas and a happy New Year!