Ten Thoughts At Christmas
A hot debate in The Daily Telegraph has dubbed the family Christmas letter as ‘self-congratulatory’, ‘embarrassing’ or ‘derisory’. Am I alone in enjoying news of far-flung family and friends? I hope not, because this one comes with a very sincere thank you to all of you who have visited my website in the (nearly) six months since its inception, and my Best Wishes for a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Plus a comment on the photograph.
My daughter brought these little figures back from a school visit to Nigeria when she was nine years old. Together they form a Nativity Scene. I love it because:
- It cost very little – unlike the huge sums that will be spent by so many people this Christmas
- It is tiny and insignificant – compared with the hype and razzmatazz that is Christmas today
- It is simply and crudely carved – unlike the glitz and sophistication demanded by Western civilisations these days
- It was lovingly made by simple people who are content with far less than we have
- Mary, Joseph and Jesus, the three Kings and the shepherds have black faces and care nothing for being politically correct
- They remind me of the daughter whose childish excitement was so infectious, and who died at the age of thirty leaving her baby motherless
- They remind me of Jesus, who gave up everything to be born a baby, raised as a child and live as a man
- They remind me of Emmanuel – God with us – no matter what
- They remind me of the cost to God that surpasses all the world’s wealth put together
- They remind me of the Gift of God that surpasses all other gifts
Please pass this message on to others. It comes with love.
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