It's all about giving

Picture for Thought for the We

I saw Father Christmas in Sainsburys during the week filling up his trolley.  Now of course I know it wasn’t the real Father Christmas because he didn’t have a beard and there were no reindeer’s pulling his trolley.  A few days prior to this Cathy and I were given a masterclass in Pokemon characters by our youngest grandson, the same grandson who chose to email Santa directly with his Christmas list as he thought it was more reliable than simply writing him a letter and sticking it up the chimney.  I love it, it’s a great time of the year even if at times it’s a bit crazy and I seem to spend far too much money in the toy shops buying plastic stuff I just don’t understand.
Like you all we have put up our decorations and hung up our cards.  Over the years we have acquired a number of Nativity scenes.  This year Cathy set one of our scenes on the coffee table in the lounge in front of our globe of the world which is there all the time.  I suspect it was put there because there was a spare space and it looked good.  What struck me however a couple of days later was, isn’t this an illustration of what Christmas is really about.  From the busyness and crazyness  and tragedy of our world our God gave a simple gift of his son who was to be the saviour of our world to bring peace and hope and eternal salvation.  As our life and world spins around as the lights twinkle and we enjoy this Christmas time let’s remind ourselves that by this simple but profound act, God gave to us and our world this wondrous gift and directly entered our world and lives simply because he loves us .
Isaiah 9 verse 6
‘For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’
We hope you are having a wonderful Christmas time wherever you are and whatever you our doing may God richly bless us all.

Vic, Mary, Ray, Cathy, 26/12/2021