Christmas can either become hidden by the traditions of the festive season, or revealed by them! We all love to see the plays, drawings and the story of the nativity. Why? Because it was the moment that changed everything!
Love was about to be transformed by the words and ministry of Jesus, and his subsequent death and resurrection.
- The trees and wreaths can remind us of God the creator, breathing new life into the natural world.
- The candles and lights reveal the light of hope that burns so brightly in the darkest times.
- The gifts and cards can help us to love, encouraging and celebrating the gift of relationships and brotherhood.
- The rich foods and feasting remind us of Gods provision in our lives, and times of singing carols with others bind us together to focus on our faith.
Christmas is a time to dig our feet deep into God’s kingdom, celebrate his goodness and connect with the true nature of unconditional grace. Take this amazing gift of Christmas and give it out in every way you can!
Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
(A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson)