Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From THe Pews -

In Cam­bus­lang Parish Church ev­ery month we hold church un­plugged, to­gether with our friends from Flem­ing­ton Hall­side Church, which ex­plores the mean­ing of the Chris­tian faith in con­tem­po­rary ways.

This month, for Christ­mas, we were ask­ing the ques­tion “what is at the heart of Christ­mas for you?” In a coun­try where there is an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple who claim that they have no re­li­gious be­lief, it is in­ter­est­ing that Christ­mas is still widely cel­e­brated.

It’s easy to be cyn­i­cal, and to think that the way we cel­e­brate Christ­mas is di­rected by those whose con­cern is to make money. We watched the ad­vert for a depart­ment store chain which tells the story of a lit­tle girl be­com­ing aware there is a man on the moon.

At the end of the ad­vert the girl sends him a present of a tele­scope, which means that he is no longer iso­lated – he is now part of what he has been cut off from for a long time. What the ad­vert is say­ing is that if Christ­mas is only about the dec­o­ra­tions and the presents and the par­ties then some­thing is miss­ing. All the things we do at Christ­mas are good, but they be­come spe­cial when they help us draw in again those who have been left out.

The Chris­tian Church cel­e­brates its faith that God be­came an out­sider, a child born in a stable to a very young mother, and even for those who do not share this faith, that spirit of in­clud­ing the out­sider is part of the spirit of Christ­mas.

I want to wish all the read­ers of the Re­former a very happy Christ­mas, and to send a chal­lenge to each of us to do some­thing that will bring the spirit of Christ­mas close to some­one who finds this a dif­fi­cult time of year. Les­lie Mil­ton Cam­bus­lang Parish Church

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