This year, across our Christmas services we’re thinking about the star that appeared in the night sky above the stable in Bethlehem, pointing to where the Saviour of the world, the special baby, the one who would save us all was born.
I’m not an amazing scientist by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know that it takes a long long time for the light from a star to be seen on earth. Apparently it depends on things like how far away the star is from us for exactly how long it takes, and it is different for each star in the sky. But it means that for the star to be shining that night in that place, there was a plan in place. God knew what he was doing.
This is something I believe the Bible tells us too. The Bible has little clues that show that this special baby was coming, little snippets and prophecies that tell us details about how things would happen. At the time, people didn’t really understand what they meant. Later on, when Jesus was born, suddenly it made sense. He was to be born to the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem. The family would have to flee to Egypt and local children would be killed by horrible King Herod. The prophecies even point to him being betrayed for 30 silver coins and dying on a cross. God knew what he was doing.
I feel that I don’t always act like I believe that. Sometimes, I think I know better (actually, I’m very good at that one). Sometimes I can’t see what God is up to. I don’t understand why things are happening in a particular way or why things can’t be like I want them to be. But then later, I discover why. Or I look back and see that the way God has led me has been so much better than anything I could have chosen for myself. God guides our paths if we let him. He knows what is best for us. He is wise and he loves us so much.
The wise men followed the star because they wanted to see whether the prophecies they had heard about Jesus stacked up – they knew that God’s special saving king was being born as a baby. They followed the light and it led them to the stable. I pray that you too would follow the light of the star and find the joy in the manger and all it holds.
Come to the Christingle Service!
There is a fairly new tradition in Church circles called the Christingle service. It’s one involving oranges, sweets and candles – some of my favourite things! During the service, we think about the Christmas story and how Jesus came to be Light of the World. We’ve even got a talking donkey participating this year…
It is a service for all the family, and we hope all will take something away from it (apart from the sweets of course). There will be refreshments served beforehand. We’d love to see you there, so do come and join us!
It’s a club for all those in Years 5 and 6. We play games, chill out, eat tuck, and have a lot of fun in the process. But the more people who come, the more fun will be possible. Why not send your children along to come and join us???
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