A Christmas Reflection

If we were to eavesdrop on a group of children or teenagers talking about Christmas, what would we hear?    Very likely, it would be about the latest, biggest or what they perceive to be the best toy or item they feel they should have. With teenagers, it’s perhaps more likely to be about an ipod, a jazzy cellphone or laptop computer.

For some families however it’s probably more likely to be about making ends meet, coping with redundancies, layoffs, hopelessness, inability to provide for their children, having no idea of what’s next or even wishing Christmas would just go away. With others, the Christmas music in the malls, the Christmas decorations, the trees and lights, and the business of it all can be very exhilarating!

And then, there are those who living alone and families experiencing the loss of a loved one or thoughts about a son or daughter who has disengaged themselves from the family and the longing to see them again.

Without knowing about Christ’s love for us, Christmas can be painful, lonely, and often a time when we just wish it would go away or was over.

But Christmas also gives us the most amazing story – that God invaded human history in the form of a tiny, helpless baby. When the angel appeared to the shepherds in the field Luke 2: 10-12 tells us:  “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Saviour—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

This Christmas season may we look for opportunities to reach out and share the truth that Christ as a babe, is the Christ who was crucified on the cross and rose again from the dead, is also the Christ who longs for us to know His love, His mercy and His peace.

Louise McLachlan