Patiently waiting for the coming of Christ. The birth of a small child that changed the whole world.
Anticipation, at this time of year as many look to the presents they have received and given. Being grateful for all the things we receive, though how much of it is excess rather than needed?
In previous years on Christmas day I have gone into a prison to either sing carols or attend a communion service with the residents. For those who are unable to be with their family’s not just those in prison, in hospitals or residential care, for those who have no family or a place to call home. In particularly for some family’s where it is the first Christmas where someone they have lost during the year will be missed. Being present is one of the greatest gifts we give to each other. I found going into prison that the residents were so pleased to see us, that they felt that someone still cared for them. This can also be felt by those not in prison, those who maybe don’t have family nearby or who are housebound.
We have celebrated the birth of a child who changed the world, over the coming weeks we will be reminded of his ministry and the journey he took all those years ago. For many of us our natural thought is not to go out to spend time with people we don’t know, but to spend it with our loved ones. During his ministry Jesus left his home and followed the path God his father had laid before him, one which was for all people, to meet the lost and lonely, to be a presence and give the greatest sacrifice which was to give himself, to give his life for our eternal salvation.
During the rest of the Christmas season and as we move into Lent, if you see an opportunity to be a presence for someone, take it! You never know how much it will mean to them, and the joy you can get out of spending time with someone new and sharing the gospel with them.