As we get closer to Christmas, the busier things become, how many Christmas pageants and bake sales have you visited, how many hours have you given to Christmas gift shopping and over against that how many hours have you spent in quiet prayer as you prepare your heart to receive our Lord and Saviour?
Many of us in our homes or churches have a miniature stable with a statue of Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, as a reminder that at the heart of our Christmas celebrations is the birth of a child, described in our scriptures as the Saviour of the world.
His birth was far from ideal; in an area in turmoil and insecurity, his parents could only find an animal shed to take refuge and for the child to be delivered. Yet, it is when we strip the story back to this harsh reality that it reveals its deepest meaning. God is with us in every circumstance and situation. God’s eternal hope and promise prevail, even when earthly events prove difficult and daunting.
God is with us in every circumstance and situation is the simple message I hope you can share with others as you invite them to make Christ part of their Christmas celebrations.
This Christmas, invite a family member or friend to join you at church as you celebrate this wondrous act of God’s gracious love for us. Come, let us adore him!
May you and your family have a Blessed and Peaceful Christmas,