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Dear Friends

So here it is, Merry Christmas...

‘...everybody’s having fun. Look to the future now, it's only just begun’.

Christmas seems to start earlier each year. This year, the first signs were the tins of chocolates in the superstores and the appearance of the first Christmas card, in September. By my reckoning that’s a third of the year taken up with Christmas. How long before it really is ‘Christmas every day’?

 

Growing up as a teenager in the seventies I have a soft spot for Slade, the band of lads from the Black Country. Noddy Holder, the lead singer, famously once said that their biggest hit ‘Merry Xmas everybody’ was his pension scheme in his retirement! But while the lyrics of the song reflect on Christmas Days past, it’s the line, ‘look to the future now’ that strikes me as being something we should be doing each Christmas. Yes, Christmas always seems to conjure up memories of the past, hopefully good ones, but it’s also a time to look forward to the future and imagine what the world could look like if it ‘would be Christmas everyday’.

 

At Christmas we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, of course, but Christians also look forward to his return and to a time when we’re told; ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ At Christmas we dare to imagine that another world is possible.

 

So, what if it was ‘Christmas every day’? That thought might fill you with dread! But what if it really was the season to be jolly, the season of goodwill, the season of joy and peace, all year round? What if people made that special effort to be nice to each other, to be tolerant and respectful of each other? What if every day was a reason to share the Good News that God loves us so much that he gave us his only Son.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a brighter tomorrow,

James.

 

Nativity

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