We need to find the real rea­son for the sea­son

Hamilton Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS -

Yes I know the Christ­mas sea­son is over and now it might even be too late to wish you a Happy New Year (but I do!).

Of­ten we are so glad when the chaos of Christ­mas is passed, but I won­der if you would be will­ing to cast your mind back, and look for your trea­sures from Christ­mas.

Mary, who was over­whelmed at be­com­ing a new mum, to the Son of God no less and in less than ideal sur­round­ings, takes time to trea­sure in her heart all that hap­pened.

It is easy for us to get stuck in the com­mer­cial­ism and ma­te­ri­al­ism of Christ­mas, but like the wise men (this is their sea­son in the church year, Epiphany), some­times we need to push on and find the real rea­son for the sea­son.

The text that the chief priests read to Herod spoke of the Mes­siah com­ing from Beth­le­hem. A small place, in­signif­i­cant even, be­comes the place for God.

No palace, no cap­i­tal city, no Jerusalem – but Beth­le­hem. Real trea­sure, the kind that mat­ters, is of­ten found in the un­like­li­est of places and peo­ple, like God with us – Je­sus Christ.

As we jour­ney into a New Year, full as it is birth­days, events, and an­niver­saries, as well as mile­stones, health is­sues, even grief and loss, take time to trea­sure the mo­ments, the gifts, the kind­nesses, the love, trust­ing God with them all.

Some­times that will mean let­ting go of your pride, your need to be in con­trol, your cyn­i­cism and doubt, your fear and al­low oth­ers to give you trea­sure.

The trea­sure of com­fort, of love, of peace, of Christ, of faith, of pres­ence, of wis­dom. These trea­sures of God, from God, through oth­ers, will help 2019 be a year worth hav­ing!

Je­sus said: ‘for where your trea­sure is, there your heart will be also’.

By the Rev­erend Sarah Ross of Blan­tyre Old Par­ish Church

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