Preparing for Christmas šŸŽ„

Life has been busy over the last week and I also haven’t been as organised as I could be. But virtually all the Christmas cards are out and most of the presents are wrapped. And today I put up the Christmas trees. Not the greatest examples of the breed but they brighten up the room. šŸ˜€

I was struck by a reading this morning about Christmas trees.

“Although no one can make a biblical case for Christmas trees, we gather around ours with joy…The ornaments reflect the decorative splendour with which His kindness adorns our lives….The season is upon us and in celebrating we make it His”.

As ever, in all the busyness of Christmas, it is so easy to lose the reason for it. I am very prone to do that, as I sit here with wrapping paper around me…. may the true light shine out. The flickering Advent candle reminds me that there is light even in the darkness.

As you look at your Tree and the candles this Christmas may you know the brightness of the light that illuminated that dark sky over Bethlehem 2000 years ago.

Persecuted Christians look to the light of Christmas as a very special time. Children around the world look forward to it. Yet for many it’s not all about the presents but much more. But for many others-adults and children-it is very difficult or impossible to put up Christmas trees. Or stars or other celebratory items. So let us be thankful for what we do have!

Published by adrian60

Turning 60 is a door to a new decade. I want to use these years positively, starting with the next one. So I want it to be a year of trying different things as well as familiar one and to do a couple of challenges. 60 things at 60 with the aim of raising Ā£6 000 for the charity Open Doors, serving persecuted Christians around the world, many who live with very little. Would you be part of the adventure with me?

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