And the angels said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10
Earlier this week, I joined others at the Blue Christmas service. It is a time of gathering during the longest night of the year and to reflect and feel God’s love embracing us. It is the light from the few flickering candles on that very dark night that filled me with hope, peace, love and joy for what was to come.
By the time Christmas morn arrived, the Christ candle was lit and the sun was shining on a brilliant winter morning – the beauty of the candle and the splendour of the morning enveloped me with God’s love and great joy, which he gave us in the birth of his Son.
During the time with the children and mediation this morning, Karen told us the story about Nicholas and Hannah, and the gifts that they bought for Jesus. Along their journey they gave the gifts to those that really needed them, and then felt empty-handed when they wanted to give them to Jesus. We were reminded that when we give to others, we are giving to Jesus Christ.
As Christmas season draws to an end, may we remember what God has given to us and what we can do all year long to share God’s love, like Nicholas and Hannah.