by Revd Martijn Mugge
THE LIGHT AND LOVE OF CHRISTMAS
In a few weeks time we will be celebrating Christmas. For some it will be a difficult time, as Christmas reminds us of loved ones who are no longer with us. For others it will be an opportunity to celebrate together with family and friends, sing carols by candlelight and enjoy the annual turkey with all the Christmassy trimmings. Whatever your experience of Christmas, there are two key themes that I think sum it up more than anything else: Light and Love. Light as we light up our Christmas trees, go out shopping in Christmas lit high-streets and Meadowhall, light a candle or put seasonal glowing decorations in our gardens. Love as we gather around the Christmas tree, enjoy family time together, and give and receive gifts.
Of course, Light and Love have much deeper meanings too. To be able to see in the darkness we need light. Christmas reminds us that there is another darkness, the darkness of own soul, which needs light if we are ever to find our way, in this life and beyond. And that light has appeared with Jesus, the son of God, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. “I am the light of the world,” said Jesus, “If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” Jesus was born into our world so that you and I may invite Him into our lives, and receive “life in all its fullness.” And that is where Love comes in. A dark room will never give light by itself; it will need light to shine into the darkness. And for our dark souls it is out of God’s love for us that he sent his son into the world to shine into our lives and to be our light.
Please will you join us at St Peters as we celebrate the birth of Jesus – the light and love of Christmas – at our Carol Concert, Nativity dress-up, Carol Service, Family Fun event, Christingle and Christmas Day. Happy Christmas.