From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin
By now you may be feeling quite stretched from all the hoopla and fanfare often associated with the busy Christmas season.
With so many parties, meals, and family gatherings to attend to, we may just come to the conclusion that Ebenezer Scrooge was right after all.
However, it does not need to be that way.
With just about a week to go, now is as good a time as ever to consider the wise words of the late comedian, Bob Hope.
Speaking of Christmas, Hope said, “When we recall Christmas past we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions, give off the greatest glow of happiness.”
In deep contrast to the extravagance and over-the-top emphasis on all things ‘festive’ there stands the simple manger scene of Bethlehem, silhouetted against the bright lights of commercialism.
Personally, I have found the need each year to take some time to dial things down a little and spend some quiet, reflective time just reading the Christmas story, as recorded in the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke.
I also take some time to ponder the events of Christmas past and thank God for those wonderful times spent with family and friends.
Last, but certainly not least, I make plans to attend one or more of the special services associated with the true message of Christmas, be it a concert of carols and songs or a Christmas Eve service.
Make it your aim this week to observe some quiet time with the Lord before the onslaught of next weekend arrives.