How easy it is become wrapped in the frivolities of the Christmas season. Mawkish media displays and consumer hype distract us with fleeting pleasures and hollow presents. Christmas becomes an event wrapped in glossy paper, lying under a synthetic tree. It is a celebration ignored by wise men and humble shepherds, for in this there is no real hope.
Instead, may this Christmas season be one of redemption. Just as the shepherds did not squander the opportunity to discover the hope of the world, may we rediscover the greatest gift ever given. Just as the Magi journeyed vast distances to worship the Christ child, may we persevere in our faith so that one day we, too, may bow before our King. Just as Elizabeth shared in the blessing of Mary’s child, may we share in the blessing of serving the King. And in serving, may we be a blessing to a world that still needs to discover the saviour. Amen.