Time to re­mem­ber what Christ­mas is re­ally about

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Christ­mas mes­sage from Wick­low and Ark­low Methodist Church Min­is­ter Ivor Owens

Christ­mas is tra­di­tion­ally a happy time. A time for fam­ily and friends; a time of shar­ing.

For many peo­ple, how­ever, re­cent weeks have been dif­fi­cult and the fu­ture is un­cer­tain - the down­turn in the econ­omy has af­fected some more than oth­ers. Or it may be that you have ex­pe­ri­enced be­reave­ment this past year, or per­haps there are fam­ily con­cerns or re­la­tion­ship is­sues. Or in­deed it may be that all the hype (since the end of Oc­to­ber!) has made you a lit­tle jaded. Christ­mas, for you, may not be so ’happy’.

It would be good if each of us, re­gard­less of our sit­u­a­tion, makes a lit­tle time in the days ahead to re­mem­ber what Christ­mas is re­ally about.

The story of the baby born in Beth­le­hem, told and re-told, year af­ter year, re­as­sures us that God is for us, that God cares about our lives with all of their com­pli­ca­tions, con­tra­dic­tions, dif­fi­cul­ties, doubts, fears, sad­ness and, of course, joys. Christ­mas is about re­ceiv­ing God’s love and, equally im­por­tant, shar­ing that love with all those around us. Christ­mas is about the things that mat­ter most.

May you and yours know the love and hope of Christ­mas, this Christ­mas and in the year ahead.

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