Barclay Viewforth Church congregation on Blackford Hill

What does Christmas mean to you?

Presents? Food? Christmas parties? Tinsel? Family feuds or visits?….and the list goes on.

We’re not even at the end of November but the trappings of Christmas are already everywhere we turn. “So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun” (by Slade) can be heard in countless shops…but is ‘everybody having fun’?

For many, Christmas is a time of heartbreak or loneliness or a realisation that life is not what it should be. Many people do not have the HOPE that we have –

  • the Hope that God’s promise was fulfilled when Jesus Christ came into this world as a tiny baby
  • the Hope of the love that our heavenly Father has for each and every one of us
  • the Hope that Jesus’s death and resurrection has not been in vain
  • the Hope that Jesus Christ will come again.

It would be great if we could all, as well as sharing Christmas goodwill and presents, could share the message of HOPE

For a child has been born—for us!
    the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over
    the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
    Strong God,
Eternal Father,
    Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow,
    and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.
He’ll rule from the historic David throne
    over that promised kingdom.
He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing
    and keep it going
With fair dealing and right living,
    beginning now and lasting always.
The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies
    will do all this.

From Isaiah 9:6-7, The Message

Praying that you would know Hope this Christmas.

H – the Holy Spirit will work in and through our lives to bring blessing to others

O – the Open arms of our Abba Father will always welcome us as we run to Him

P – for Peace and goodwill to all to be prevalent throughout the year

E – the Eternal love of Christ in abundance

 

PS when you see the shops setting out their displays of creme eggs on Boxing Day, smile as you think about the connection between Christmas and Easter, knowing that we can remember Christ’s birth, death and resurrection at any time.

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