A Storm Lantern not a Candle
I love Christmastime, which is
probably just as well in my profession. The excitement of children of all ages,
the gathering together of families, the singing of the old familiar carols and
the beautiful Christmas story itself all combine to make it a very special
Yet there are certain dangers in
this. Not everyone will feel that way this Christmas and not everyone will be
surrounded by love as most of us are. Amidst our joy and fun we should never be
forgetful of others who cannot share these feelings
The very beauty of Christmas can
turn it into an interlude between life's realities, an escape for a few days
from its harshness and hardness. Escapism, however, never really works. A
false, artificial joy does us no good. The real joy of Christmastime should be
a deep and lasting joy, one which lasts long after the tree comes down.
That is why we celebrate at
Christmas- not because we want to escape from reality but because it is at this
time especially that we are reminded that God came among us, and more than that
became one of us, not as some strange supernatural being but as a human infant
As a struggling child in swaddling clothes, a child who went to school to learn to read , write and count. A child who listened to stories and studied the traditions of his people. A boy who was taught how to hold a plane and a saw by his father and how to pray at his mother's knee.
God wanted to be with us and
understandable to us and so His Son was born as a human baby, born as we all
are. At Christmas God identifies Himself with us in order that we can identify
ourselves with Him. Those of us with families see Jesus born into an ordinary
family, with the pride and worry, joy and pain that brings. The oppressed see
Jesus born into a nation under foreign occupation born away from home because
of a dictator's decree. The homeless see Jesus born in a stable because there
was no room in the inn.
At Christmas love comes down and
shows us the heights to which we might rise. It is much more than light relief
in a busy life, more that a refreshment for weary spirits. It is an inspiration
and a source of strength for all of life . God's love shown to us at Christmas
should be an encouragement to us all as we try to reflect that love in our
dealings with others
A wise man once wrote,
"Christmas joy is not just a little candlelight with a Christmas Tree fragrance,
but a storm lantern that does not go out even when it is blown upon from all sides."
That is why we
celebrate and praise our Heavenly Father, that He sent His Son to dwell among
us, with us and as one of us.
I hope that you and your loved ones have a Christmas of real joy and that anything you do to help those in any kind of need this Christmastime may be richly blessed.
Brian Ramsay, Guthrie
Manse. Guthrie, Forfar, DD8
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