Robert's Ruminations

The thoughts of Revd. Robert, Minister for Emmanuel, Ilfracombe

It’s that time of year again!

Can you believe that we have already reached that time of year that seems to roll around so quickly – Christmas. How many of us as we put the decorations away last year decided that this year things would be different. We wouldn’t get in so much food for the festive season; we won’t buy the same number of presents as we normally do or send as many cards as we have done in past years; the tree doesn’t need any new baubles this year; so the list goes on. And yet, once again we look at all the festive treats on offer and decide on how great that would be have on our table this year. We add that extra pack of cards into our shopping basket for those friends we have forgotten to send cards to last year and yet we got one from them. We dip yet again into the box to find those last few decorations to put on to the, already heavily laden tree. This is what we do. This is what Christmas is all about.

God did something similar! Go back into the very early books of the Bible and you see how God thought that all He had created was good – very good! Yet how quickly things were to change. God thought He had done enough for humankind, but He had to delve into His box and produce the early leaders of the tribe called humans – Abraham, Isaac, Moses. He then had to go back to bring out the kings to lead the people – David, Solomon and Saul, but even that wasn’t enough. God then chose the prophets to be the once to liaise between the people and himself – Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, but even that didn’t do the trick. Nothing seemed to work. In the end, God had one gift left to pull out of the box – the ultimate gift, the most precious gift, the once and for all gift – God’s only son, Jesus. This is a gift given to all of us for all time, but whether we are willing to receive it is down to us!

In amongst all of the hustle and bustle in the lead up to Christmas, let’s look for the gift under the tree that doesn’t come all nicely gift wrapped, but comes with strings attached. It isn’t wrapped up in nice shiny paper, but can expect us to go into some most difficult situations. Out of all those things that we get this Christmas, let’s make sure that the one present we put aside for later or place in the drawer because we don’t think it will fit us, isn’t the gift given by God – Jesus himself. Instead, let’s take Jesus out of the box and let him live in our lives, not just for this festive time, but for each and every day.

It’s that time of year again! Let us make it the most special time of the year as we remember the gift of the Christ-child.

Every blessing this Christmas, Robert.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

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