We need to find the real reason for the season
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