Thought for the week - with Rev. Edward Lyons

All over the country letters and cards are being sent. Emails will also be used by many of us now and of course the telephone will still play its part.

In and through all this there is a common thread. These are the mediums we use to wish one another a merry Christmas. Here we are saying to one another that we matter to one another, our past matters, our present and our future matters as well.

We are relational beings and know it is important to show our love and care for one another by declaring it rather than simply assuming it.

Yet even more than declaring it is needed.

This is what God’s Son did, still does and will continue to do until his return.

In Christ coming here God declared his interest inus, his knowledge of us and most of all his love for us. It is the most amazing truth.

He could have left it as a book and given a strong verbal declaration. Many of the religions in the world would be happy with that.

Yet God did not simply verbally declare his love, he showed it. By coming in person, in a human life and experiencing all that we do from the mountain tops to the valley floors, Jesus shows God’s love and so God’s love is not only a word on a page, a law in our lives, a feeling in our hearts but a life lived in his Son.

This truth was my inspiration for the Biblical text for my Christmas tree in this year’s tree festival at our church which has 59 trees. “For God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son.”

With this in mind I am able to say that I wish you all a very merry Christmas and may God bless you all.