I rarely watch adverts on television and if I am watching a channel with adverts then I usually take the opportunity to go and do something else during the break. But early November I noticed that already the Christmas adverts were dominating our screens. There seems to be a growing competition to see which of the big names can produce the most appealing advert and it's become an annual anticipation for some to see the Christmas advert from one leading department store. But one thing they all seem to be having in common is a theme that will pull at the heart strings making us think that Christmas is all connected with generosity, and in the eyes of those making the advert that generosity is linked to us buying their products!
Well despite the motives of many of the advertisers, Christmas does have links with generosity. It is, as is said, a time for giving and that giving may take many forms; giving of gifts to family and friends, giving of time to visit someone, giving of money or other items to a charity or worthy cause and giving in hospitality to family, friends, neighbours…and there’s probably more. Being generous is a positive attribute and is the work of the Holy Spirit within us. Generosity is listed as one of the fruits of the Spirit in the Letter of Paul to the Galatians Chapter 5. And even more than that, Christmas is really about the most significant generosity there has ever been as God sent his Son, being born of Mary as a vulnerable infant child, to live amongst us to show the greatest gift that we can ever receive…that being the love of God. And in receiving such a generous gift we are then led to respond by sharing that love with one another……AND by showing that love to God.
Many of us will feel that the true meaning of Christmas has got lost amongst the secular world. But this Christmas I invite you to remember that great love given to you and me as we remember Jesus’ birth and then also remembering that Jesus died for us so that we might live knowing the goodness of God’s love. Take a few moments over the days of Christmas to just say thank you to God for that gift that is beyond all gifts and hold at the centre of your festivities the true reason for this special time.
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas
You are welcome to come along to any of our Christmas services. For details please see the service information at the front of this edition or contact Revd Helen 01691 682351 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.kinnerleychurch.co.uk where you will find information for all five churches in the benefice.
Morning Prayer in December is every Wednesday, 9am at St Mary's Knockin
Prayer Breakfast is Thursday 14th December, 8.30am at St Mary's Kinnerley
If anyone would like a visit from either Revd Helen or a member of the Pastoral Visiting Team
please contact Revd Helen 01691 682351