Christmas approaches and we have many things on our mind. A good friend of mine who knows his Bible, has been researching the date of the birth of Jesus. The earliest source stating 25th December as the date of the birth of Jesus was written very early in the 3rd century by Hippolytus of Rome, based on the assumption that the conception of Jesus took place at the Spring equinox which he placed as 25th March and then added nine months. 

Who cares? Not me actually, because whether Jesus was born in December, or in Spring or even summer is of little importance. What is important is that He WAS born. Come on, we have an election to get through this year on 12th December plus Brexit and a divided UK. 

Wonderful Christmas presents? Promises, promises, promises! Who is making the promises and who will keep them? This old cynic has never been a great believer in fairy tales!

I have just conducted a Remembrance Sunday Service which closed with the famous words: When you go home, tell them of us and say “For your tomorrow, we gave our today”.

Two important events stand out for me at this time – so many entrusted their today in our tomorrow and Jesus came into a dark, cold world to save us. They hang together; unbreakable bonds that hold peace and salvation together; one a hope that our tomorrow is bright and one The Old Rugged Cross. United they stand. Eternally. 

Have a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy! It cost so many so much that our Christmas should be a time of peace. If you want to know about my Christmas services, need a confidential chat, or anything I might be able to help with, then please contact me at:

ahrea2@yahoo.co.uk

Tel 634 386 179

‘Bye for now and God bless you

Rev Andrew