THOUGHT for the week

The Oban Times - - ANNOUNCEMENTS - Very Rev Margi Camp­bell, Provost of St John’s Epis­co­pal Cathe­dral, Oban

‘It’s be­gin­ning to feel a bit like Christ­mas’ sang three nov­elty rein­deer in a shop dis­play. Sur­rounded by fes­tive trees and dec­o­ra­tions, it did, even though it was still mid-Novem­ber!

There is some­thing won­der­ful about this time of pre­par­ing: re­mem­ber­ing peo­ple we will send greet­ings to, pon­der­ing presents, trans­form­ing homes into places fit for the fes­tiv­i­ties and plan­ning the meals to feed our vis­i­tors.

It is won­der­ful, be­cause it con­stantly points us to­wards the day it­self. In churches, as in homes, we want Christ­mas to be spe­cial; to be a day when love and joy will set aside all the wor­ries and con­cerns of nor­mal life.

So as the day draws closer, we in­vite you to come and sing car­ols and hear again of Je­sus’s birth, as in our cathe­drals and churches we de­light in God’s mes­sage that love and joy can win when we set our hearts and minds to it, not just at Christ­mas but al­ways.

And to ‘feel a bit like Christ­mas’ – the bit that loves and cares –be­fore, on and beyond the day is def­i­nitely some­thing to sing about!

So I wish you happy prepa­ra­tions and Christ­mas love and joy, not just on the day but for all time.

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