The Rev writes …
Wishing you all a wonderful, happy Christmas and a peaceful and hope filled New Year.
As we approach Christmas this year, I am reminded of how much I have. I’ve been asked by family members what I want for Christmas and to be honest, there isn’t anything I much want or need. I’m sure I can think of something but really I’m at the stage in life that if I want or need something I can go and buy it (sometimes its best that way, so I get exactly what I want)!
There are, though many people who don’t have much – stuff that is. Stuff can be what Christmas amounts too if we’re not careful, can’t it? For me, Christmas is when we get together as a family and go through the family traditions – who is making the stuffing this year, etc.? The most important thing is to be with family and friends; with those we love most and spend a few days relaxing and celebrating together.
Maybe this year, if you have plenty of ‘stuff’, it would be good to give to a project that needs financial support, or to a charity that is important to you.
This year with a general election just before Christmas, it might be a time of anxiety for many people depending on the results of that election. We can only hope that politically things will settle down following it. Christmas is a time when we hear the words of the angel ‘Peace on earth, goodwill to all people’. This year we really need to mean it. The peace that the incarnation signifies is wrapped inside a bundled-up baby. That image can stir our hearts to love, break down hatred and division and draw us to the scene of the nativity – to look on in wonder and awe.
Please do have a wonderful Christmas and remember those who might be lonely too; now would be a good time to pop in and visit, or invite them round for a drink and a natter. Remember those who have very little – give generously where you are able and may the Christ light shine in our community, bringing peace and hope to everyone.
With kind regards,
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff