Jillian Spring, Billinudgel
Christmas time is upon us; parties, work parties, gifts – oh the clamour, gifts to buy – the joy, some people say ‘oh the hassle’ others feel they have to give gifts, often costly, and they begrudge gift giving so this is not given with love and joy.
The reason why we celebrate Christmas with special foods etc., as a time of joy and thanksgiving? For many people, a thought about why is absent. Somehow though that thread of why Christmas is special continues. It’s the time we rejoice, rejoice that Jesus, our Saviour was born. We honour Him with church services, singing, praising – Christmas carols, giving, caring, showing love, decorating our homes to show joy. For all separated / broken families to repair with Jesus Christ as their help.
The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is God’s gift of reassurance, hope. It was there at the centre page of history that shepherds watching over their flocks by night found their darkness shattered by light. The voice of an angel saying, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy for all people; born to you this day, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord’. A special star appeared to honour the birth of Jesus.
2020, in our conflicts and fears, the Saviour who was born still offers His presence, His peace to all who ‘know’ Him and take quiet moments to think about Him. The greatest gift was the gift God Himself gave to us that first Christmas morning. He was born with a plan – to live on Earth and teach people how to be His disciple or follower. To love.
God has a plan for your life, yes your life. Talk to Him about the plan He has for you. This will be special – just for you – because God made everyone unique. God’s bigger plan for this world is that all will come to know Him as their Lord and Saviour. Society has tried to shut Him out but He is still there. He came to save, enjoy His presence.