Advent - and Christmas

The month of December always seems to be the busiest time of the year.  There is a frantic rush to shop for food and presents, and it can all seem rather stressful. 


The situation seems little different at Church; at Holy Trinity we have a number of special Services, which include Christingle making, a Toy Service with the help of our Uniformed Organisations, an evening Candlelit Carol Service, a Crib Service, a Midnight Communion Service and finally on Christmas Day a family Communion Service to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.  It can seem rather stressful and busy.      


There is great need for all of us to slow the pace of our busy lives.  The poet Henry Davies wrote “What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.”  As Christians we have to remind ourselves that we are in the time of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas during which we are asked to wait patiently for the celebration of the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.  Advent is intended to give us the opportunity to step aside from day to day stresses, to be still and to think about our faith; to take time to think about how to live out our faith. 


We should reach Christmas Day confident in our faith and prepared to welcome the infant Jesus to our world.  Christmas Day is that wonderful moment when we accept the gifts that Jesus brings, the gifts of hope, peace, love and joy.  Christmas Day is the moment when we have the opportunity to share those gifts with all others.  Join with us at Holy Trinity to welcome the Christ Child.  


Paul Duckers