|The Nativty we have by the tree|
I went along and there were not many there. But I was struck by the fact that the vicar had boxed up all the things of Christmas from inside the church and so you would never have known it had been Christmas the day before.
Not a trace of candles, tinsel or a manger scene.
I was struck with a feeling of loss.
Christmas this year hadn’t been quite the same with the death of Moeder and I had had a bit of surgery under general anesthetic straight after, so the excitement of the Birth of Jesus Christ was not quite in our home.
|One of my Nativity scenes from Avon|
I read from Luke 2 the best description of the first Christmas story, the birth of Christ. Although you can also read it in Matthew chapters 1 and 2 the passages from Luke is the one read at Nativity plays.
In chapter 2 of Luke there is the account of the Shepherds in the field watching over their sheep.
|Another from Avon|
I then found comfort (as God usually does for me from His Word) in verse 19 of Luke.
19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart
And then I realised the truth for me of Christmas, Boxing Day and for ever after;
‘pondering these treasures in my heart.’
Mary had discovered something more of what her baby was to be and I too continually learn new things of God and His love for me.
So Christmas and the joy of it will be forever in me. I do know the true meaning of Christmas and the sacrifice of why Jesus came to earth, but for this moment I gained a further insight into the wonder of God.
|Both these decorations are on our tree|
All scripture is from the New International Version