Rev. Lena Ali

CHRISTMAS  MESSAGE

In our anticipation to celebrate the seasons and festivals in the Christian year;  it seems that we are preparing one season in the middle of another.  We are writing our Christmas messages in the middle of October.  The retail industry have gone ahead of us because Christmas cards and gifts have been on display from early September.

With that in mind, we should think about the true meaning of Christmas.  In Luke 2:10-11; the angel said to the shepherds: “Do not be afraid, I bring you Good News of great joy for all people, today in the city of David a Saviour has been born, he is Christ the Lord”.

Whilst this is the story of great joy and celebration; there is also a lot of pain in the Christmas story.  Jesus was born in a stable.   In Matthew 2: 13; "An angel appears to Joseph in a dream and warns him to take Jesus and his mother into Egypt."  This is a story of homelessness, anxiety and refugees.

This Christmas, many of us will be aware of pain in our own lives or the life of loved ones but we are more fortunate than the thousands of people who will struggle through Christmas as they experience  anguish, pain and grief -  those who have lost homes, loved ones and livelihood in the numerous natural disasters and those who were forced to flee their homeland because of wars and atrocities to seek refuge in other parts of the world where they are not always welcomed.  Let us spare a thought for our brothers and sisters and in this  season of goodwill, be generous with our love and gifts to help them rebuild their lives.

Whatever pain or challenges we are facing now, reflecting on the Christmas story would help us know that there is hope and Good News.

May your celebrations this Christmas fill your heart with  joy, peace, and happiness as you remember God's amazing love shown through his Son, Jesus. May God shower his richest blessings on you all this Christmas and in the New Year.