This time of year, I usually reflect on Christmas times gone by, spent with loved ones. And our family traditions. As one year ends, another begins...

Christmas will be somewhat different for many this year due to COVID-19 and government guidelines. But I’m choosing not to be negative regarding the restrictions. I’ve been thinking about the real meaning of Christmas, and what that means for me.

Looking past the busyness and chaos of presents, tinsel, trees and the stress of cooking Christmas dinner! And focus on what really matters. Of course Christmas will mean different things to different people.

The true meaning of Christmas to me is to remember the birth of Jesus. (Even though this time of year wasn’t when he was born.) Also to think of new hope, peace and joy, he can bring, to know him personally in our lives. To think how God came to earth as a babe, to bring Salvation to mankind.

For many, especially children, the meaning of Christmas is simply how many presents they get! But as we all know (hopefully), that’s not the real meaning of Christmas.

As we get older, we realise that there’s more to it than presents. Although it’s good to give and receive gifts and celebrate with loved ones. The Bible tells us we are “more blessed to give than to receive.”

God is a GIVER...

John 3 verse 16 “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Christmas is about the unconditional, awesome true love of God. It’s about thinking and giving to others, and bring some happiness.

So as we approach this Christmas, during this difficult time of the pandemic, whatever situation you are in. Whatever you are struggling with, know that you are not alone.

This Christmas, may you enjoy the gift of Emmanuel “God with us.”

Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Put your trust in the One who is with us and for us, in us, loves us and will never leave us.

Isaiah 9v6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Councillor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Merry Christmas!

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