As Christmas approaches, the shops are full of toys and gadgets to buy and food supermarkets are stacked to overflowing … and many buy one get one free offers abound. However as Christians, this causes a dilemma. We want to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and not to loose heart or loose the true meaning of what the babe of Bethlehem brings us.. that is
God came to dwell with us ,
God came to be a shining light ,
a great presence in our lives ,
however we have turned Christmas into a huge shopping spree, that favours those who live in some degree of wealth.
For those who live in poverty, or on the edge , Christmas can be a trying time , a time that some dread, and celebration is the last thing on their minds .In my experience Faith can be stronger when there is ‘nothing left’, by that I mean that when you are at the end of your tether…. God is still there and will never abandon you.. But for those who see success in material wealth, for those who focus on self and not the other, God has no where to dwell in their lives .
In the western world we are very fortunate , for the majority of us live in societies than enables us to live in relative comfort, so PLEASE spare your time and money, to think of others who are not as fortunate… put an extra tin of food in your shopping and give to a food bank, help at a homeless project on Christmas day( my children still remember us doing that , and they said it was the best Christmas’s !!) , look around and see if you can help God find a home….
God did not come to palace , or an expensive luxurious home …
God came to dwell alongside us… in the mess, in the pain , in the Spiritual and Physical poverty .
God came to dwell … so as we wait … let us make room… let us de clutter, and throw out the rubbish that accumulates, and make ready… not toys or gadgets … but build a manger in our hearts, that the Christ child may enter.