Minister's Letter December
There is so much pressure in the world to get Christmas right, especially after the challenges of the last couple of years. Families are longing to get together and to celebrate, to spend time together after last year’s celebrations were cancelled.
But are we ready for Christmas?
Are we ready for Jesus to come?
Advent is a time of waiting and of preparation, both for the baby in the manger, and for the time when Jesus will return, descending on the clouds of heaven. He calls us to wait patiently but expectantly, not knowing when it will happen, but in sure and certain hope that it will. As Jesus said:
“The coming of the Son of Man can be compared with that of a man who left Dear Friends,
Are you ready for Christmas?
I’m sure this is a question that we will be asking ourselves and each other many times over the next few weeks. But are we ever really ready?
There are so many things to do – cards to write and post, presents to buy, decorations to put up, food to order and cook, parties, concerts and special services to go to, and that is on top of the usual activities we do throughout the year.
home to go on a trip. He gave each of his employees instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. So keep a sharp lookout! For you do not know when the home-owner will return – at evening, mid-night, early dawn, or late daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. What I say to you I say to everyone: Watch for his return!” (Mark 13:34-37)
We can wait passively, or actively. We can focus on our own concerns, on the ‘secular’ preparations for Christmas; or we can actively, eagerly, expectantly wait for Jesus to return.
May we be ready, as faithful disciples, for the day when our Master and loving Saviour returns.
With love and blessings for Christmas and the New Year.