Christmas Day 2017

We have arrived.

My wife and I will start the day, with a quick prayer, all the kids will call us. We will say hi to our grandchildren before I leave home around 7.15am to attend the first of our service for Christmas Day.

I will get ready as I prepare my mind and heart ready to speak to those who gather. I will put on one of my favourite Christmas Carols as I drive to church. O Come O Come Emmanuel or O Holy Night often does the trick to get me thinking.

As I drive to church, I still find it hard to believe that another Christmas is here and it won’t be long before it is night and the day has come and gone. This year I am praying that it goes really slow. Why you ask? Thanks for being so kind to enquire. In two days time I will conduct the funeral service for my sister-in-law who passed away just before Christmas. I have known her since I was a pimple faced teenager. It will be a tough day. In fact this Christmas Day will be tough for my whole family.

Yet, I can make sense of the bible when it says “I bring you good news of great joy…Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Even in the midst of sadness, I can still find the ability to rejoice at such news. Not only do I know this truth but so did my sister-in-law. Christ’s arrival was for her, for me and for all people (Luke 2:10).

In a very real sense, no matter how you will spend this day, Jesus story is our story. It is a story told to us and for us. It is a story that arrives in this world at the right time and with all the challenges that we find ourselves experiencing on a daily basis.

Christmas is about Jesus and it is about us. This day is a reminder us that we are in need of saving. Thank God he sent us a saviour.

Merry Christmas to all our readers.

Ian Barnett