December 2016

Four Kinds of Christmas!

 

Author Glen Scrivener suggests that most of us look at Christmas in one of four ways;

 

  • A Scrooge (a simpler, more realistic Christmas is your wish.)
  • A Shopper (you celebrate fun, food and friends whatever the cost.)
  • A Santa (Christmas is your “magical” time.)
  • The Stable (your Christmas is traditional and full of meaning.)

Some handle life itself in these four ways. We know we live a world that has plenty of darkness in it– we only have to watch to the news, so;

A Scrooge says, ‘Yes, darkness is all around. I’ll just be mean and moody.’

A Shopper says, ‘The light is going out so let’s celebrate while we can.’

A Santa says, ‘Darkness? What darkness?’ I’ll just pretend all is light.’

The Stable looks to the original Christmas message. ‘I know that darkness is real and there is darkness even within me, but Christmas tells me that there is a bright future.’

 

As the old Christmas reading puts it “The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light” It turns out that the light is a person: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…and he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:2-6

The message of Christmas is utterly revolutionary. The Light of the world descends to the darkness. The giver of life is born to die. God shares the experience of darkness, sadness and pain, but in taking the darkness in to Himself, on the cross, Jesus became the true “prince of peace”, making peace that opens the way to know light in the darkness.

A Scrooge says, ‘Darkness wins, get used to it!’ But Christmas shows us that we’re built for joy.

A Shopper says, ‘Darkness is coming, celebrate now!’ But Christmas shows us that we’re built for something more in the future.

A Santa says, ‘Forget the darkness, all is light!’ But Christmas shows us we can’t deny what life can be like.

The Stable says, ‘Darkness is real, but the Light has come!’ Christmas helps us face the truth of our darkness, yet joyfully hope in the light.

Which sort of Christmas are you?

Matthew Brailsford

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