The weather has been affecting everyone. The Christmas preparations are either having to be abandoned or else radically reviewed! Everyone is looking to the weather forecasts and the flight delays as we gather momentum towards the celebration of the incarnation. One of the results of such adverse weather is that people are beginning to re-examine what is important coming up to Christmas. Is it really that important to get dad that new tie or is it being together on Christmas day? Dow we need a turkey the size of a small battleship and mountains of Brussel sprouts or is it about sharing a meal together other over a meal.
If we can't physically be present with each other the phone call or the email, perhaps even the video call will bring the joy of a spoken word or warming smile. What is Christmas about, if not sharing a message of love!?
And, I still have stuck in my mind the number of people without homes or shelter, and with very little in the way of food in places such as Pakistan. The Christmas message of Hope must be true for them as it is for us! Surely it is about hope in knowing that God is with them. One of the ways they can experience this is though the church. We are all members of the body of Christ: Paul says if one suffers we all suffer, if one rejoices we all rejoice.
I am challenging myself here primarily. Am I suffering with my brothers and sisters in need around the world? This Christmas I want to look at how I can redraft my celebration. Yes, there will be feasting in the Miller household (definitely!) but there will also be a question asked about how can I help my brothers and sisters in need: in prayer and action
I hope that those travelling will reach their destination. Jesus found after travelling a long distance to be without shelter. The Innkeeper found shelter for the couple. Is he not a good model for us, we give what we can and leave the rest to God.