Sunday, 15 December 2013

What are you doing for Christmas? Part 3



This is the third Sunday of Advent



The other day there was a small explosion in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland.  A bomb had been left outside a restaurant very close to St. Anne's Cathedral and and warning phoned in to the police.  While the nearby residents and the diners in the restaurants were being evacuated part of the device blew up but not enough to do any real damage or injury.





The Cathedral and all the people nearby were safe and sound but by the comments of people who were there at that time is now anger and unrest about whether we really do have peace in Northern Ireland.

We are in the time of the year when 




 is one of the things we talk about, Peace on Earth, wishing you Peace at Christmas, Have the Peace of God in your hearts.  Today in church I spoke to the children about Peace because the story in Sunday School was about the Angel's Proclamation to the Shepherds.  


But so many people are going around every day without this peace in their hearts.  


I believe this is simply because they can't believe that Peace is an easy thing to have. They think that it would be a complicated matter to make this type of change in their lives.  


Thankfully God has made it easy for us because He is the one who brings about this Peace through His Son Jesus.  


Our easy part is just to stop resisting and accept that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to be our Peace.  Of course if we keep edging Jesus out of the picture at Christmas then it is harder to even draw our thoughts to Him let alone trust that He will be the way to Peace this Christmas.  

A couple of years ago I chose this Christmas card (below) that has the message I wanted to send, a message that I feel strongly about and also I loved the look of the card, simple but eye-catching at the same time.  I loved the card so much that I kept one so that each year I can display it.  I have even written on it from Fred & Sandra, because I want to continue to send this message to myself as well.



So this card is sitting at the front left hand side of the TV this year and will remind us of that special message.

   There is no Christmas without Jesus and there is no Peace without Him too.


Here is a very quick Advent video on Peace.




Do you keep Jesus at the heart of Christmas?



We have a true high Priest in Jesus
We have a Saviour who is at the right hand of God
We have a mediator in Jesus
We have life because Jesus came 
We know that Jesus Christ is Lord
We know that God gave Jesus to bring freedom and Joy 
We know that Jesus wants to send us to others 
We know that Jesus has the power over satan so that we can be free



Are you still enjoying this time of preparation in the run up to Christmas?


This week coming our oldest son Jonathan arrives from Leeds!

So you can all guess some of the things I was up to this past week but some of the others might surprise you.

  • A bedroom had to be dusted and hoovered.
  • An ensuite had to be cleaned.
  • A bed had to be made.
  • A check of "plain biscuits" (this son nibbles on plain biscuits regularly throughout the day).
  • A check of "Northern Ireland Tea" (this son always goes back home with a supply of Northern Ireland Punjana Tea which is hard to get in England).
  • A certain Agatha Christie Poirot novel had to be started (the two of us are looking forward to sitting down one day to watch "Curtain" which I recorded when it was on ITV a few weeks ago and we had decided to reread the book first).

I bet you didn't guess the last 3 things!

It will feel even more like Christmas once Jonathan arrives as no doubt there will be renditions of


                                                                                      which is His favourite Advent hymn.



I think there may also be

Lots of talk about blogs as he is also a blogger.
Lots of talk about church as he is a Pastor.
Lots of talk about books as he is an avid reader.
Lots of talk about food as he loves to eat.

Of course I can say all this because I know him so well.

Which makes me think about something Fred & I and a couple of friends were talking about last night. 

How can we express ourselves towards Jesus if we do not know Him well.  
Surely we will run out of words to describe Him, to praise Him and to worship Him.


Do you know Him well?





8 comments:

  1. Love the card and your thoughts on peace! Who can we show this peace to this Christmas and show them the Love of God?! A challenge for me!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thank you Leah, yes we all need to be challenged at times. Glad you liked the card.

      Delete
  2. The card is beautiful and yes, true peace can only come through Jesus! Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Michele, nice to meet you. I am happy to look at this card often and keep its meaning in my heart.

      Delete
  3. This is my goal with my self as well as my family to constantly keep Jesus at the center not just at Christmas but always. My heart is on Christ. Thank you for your post :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Debbie, nice to meet you. Thanks for testifying to your heart being on Christ.

      Delete
  4. How timely and appropriate your message is!! You are so right...peace is a foreign subject for most of the world today. So thankful that God's peace surrounds us, those who trust in Him. May your have a blessed New Year, filled with His peace!!
    Ann @ Christ in the Clouds
    http://christintheclouds.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete