Editorial – Dec 2019

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Revd Margaret Baker

Dear Friends

I have just watched one of the many adverts on the TV for this Christmas season and its really made me cringe as it talks about its Crimbo offer. I struggle when people talk and write Xmas, as this is missing the main component Christ, so this advert is just one step too far.

Many people will celebrate on the 25th December and will miss out on the real meaning behind this season.

What can you and I as Christians do about it? Perhaps we need to reflect on how we celebrate and ask ourselves how does, what we do communicate our Saviours Birth. Do we put Christ at the centre?

Our Christmas celebrations will not just happen, we will need to plan to make sure that everything is in its place and that’s just what God did that first Christmas he needed to make sure that everything would happen as he planned, nothing happened by chance.

The angels need to prepare Mary and Joseph who needed to take on their responsibilities, the journey to Bethlehem would have needed some preparation too and bit by bit everything else fell into place right up to and beyond our Saviours Birth.
Our journeys continue today, God is with us every part of the way if we allow him to be.

The Christmas song “The Saviour’s Day” says

Open your eyes on Saviour’s Day
Don’t look back or turn away
Life can be yours if you’ll only stay
He is calling you, calling you
On the Saviour’s Day.

So don’t forget to help others celebrate the real meaning behind the season and remember its not just one day that is special but every day as he journeys with us.

Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2020