In my mind 1st December brings a sense of legitimacy. After spending a number of weeks 'putting up with' all the visual reminders of Christmas I now accept them. It won't be long before my family rummages around our home to find our decorations and enter into the festivities ourselves. We begin to celebrate the season and also reflect on the year that is coming to an end.
I don't know too many people who always approach Christmas with 100% joy. Most people have had a mixed year with some wonderful memories but also some painful ones. For me this will be the first year without my mum, She passed away in September after a 28 year wrestle with brain cancer. Perhaps you are facing this Christmas with a sense of loss of some kind as well?
The lights around the tree, the shiny wrapping paper we use to cover gifts somehow don't feel as important this year. The carols we sing and have loved maybe not having the same appeal. It's not that we have become Scrooge but that life may have taken the edge of the time of year we are all encouraged to be joyful in.
Christians adopted Christmas as the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus many centuries ago. It is an event in time and space we consider worth celebrating. In the 1st chapter of Matthew's gospel it begins by listing a number of names whose stories have now been intertwined with Jesus'. This list includes those whose lives were messed up, individuals who were loners, kings who did well and others who did not. The list of men and women includes thoe from a range of cultures and backgrounds.
Christmas offers an opportunity to anyone no matter how they perceive their own life a chance to have their story be intertwined with Jesus'. If you want to know more about thsi story of Jesus this Advent and Christmas then you'd be welcome at LCBC.
Sunday services @ 10.30am
Carols by Candlelight Sunday 17th Decmber @ 6pm
Christmas Eve Cristingle Party @ 3pm
Christmas Day Family Service @ 10am