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Without a doubt, Christmas is a special time of the year. Whether it is the Christmas holidays, the Summer fun, the family catch-ups or the carolling and Church-going, it is definitely a special time.
All of the events of Christmas can leave us wanting for the joy that elusively flirts with us each day. So how do we grab hold of it and truly know the joy we long for? Is it, as some believe, by experiencing Christmas through the eyes of the children? Or is there a deeper, more real way to live in the happiness we long for?
We can feel quite distanced in time and space from the events of Jesus but it is through spending time with him that we can reach out and drink deeply from the wellspring of joy. Rather than retreat from our grown-up way of engaging with the world, we can come honestly to Jesus in all our mess and find the peace and joy for which our hearts long.
Christmas carols, however crassly they may be played, were written for adults engaging with God, not for entertaining infants.
In them we recognise Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us, who came that we may have life in all its fullness: Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King.
This year, may we engage deeply with the God of goodness and joy.
Christmas blessings, Brad