December Column: Thought for the Month

Published on: 07 Dec 2012

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December Column: Thought for the Month

with Reverend Michael Standbridge, Keynsham Baptist Church Reverend Michael Standbridge

It is a delight to be able to offer the Thought for the Month for December because I just love Christmas with all its trappings (except, of course, for the shopping queues).

However, there are those occasions when the trappings of Christmas distract from what, for the Christian Church, is the central celebration – the birth of Jesus, God’s only Son, in Bethlehem all those years ago.

It is a bit like the occasion I was out for lunch one day and I saw the sign for the “Vegetarian Special” – Gammon and Pineapple. Oops! It is great that there was a special for vegetarians – but the option was really quite inappropriate! The person who had written the specials board was mortified when they discovered their mistake and very quickly the sign disappeared! (I promised that I would not let on who, where and when I saw the sign).

They say that Christmas is for children! Well I must be a big child as I find the whole wonder of God becoming a little baby in the form of Jesus amazing. The joy of sharing the love of God -  the giving and receiving of gifts and all that goes with it.

But it is so easy to be sidetracked and forget the baby at the heart of the celebration; we miss the point – like the person who wrote the “Vegetarian Special”. The busyness of the day and concerns about all sorts of things make the mind veer from the point.

So as I offer you every blessing at this significant season, I urge us all to find time to be still and to know that God’s Son Jesus was given to you and to the world in unconditional love. He is an amazing gift; given so that we, through faith, may have everlasting life and have it in all its fullness.

The gospel of John chapter 3 verse 16 puts it well: “Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life.”

Peace be with you.


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