Time to remember what Christmas is really about
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.