Advent and Christmas is a great time of year, but it’s not without its challenges! One household had 250,000 Christmas lights, but could not boil a kettle for fear of blowing the system!
The challenge of Over-indulging
Do you remember the episode of the Vicar of Dibley, where she had to consume four Christmas dinners? Christmas is a time when we usually eat and drink far too much, the average person gaining 6 pounds in weight. But Christmas is not simply about gaining weight, but losing what weighs us down. ‘Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:7). Whatever your concerns or worries this Christmas, bring them to God.
The challenge of overspending
Christmas is not about getting into debt, but God getting us out of debt. He spent exactly what was needed on the first Christmas night: ‘You are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.’ (Matthew 1:21).
The challenge of ‘over too quickly’
Christmas doesn’t last very long, yet the effect of the first Christmas is long-lasting. ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eter- nal life.’ (John 3:16). Jesus has come to bring us life in all its fullness, both for now and all eternity.
How do we face these challenges of Christmas? ‘Yet what I can, I give Him – give my heart’.
Your Rector and Friend, Daniel