What a great night, candlelights lit our hall and we recalled the Christmas story through Carols, thoughts and readings. We had a fundraising theme in December of kindness which we used to raise money for our charity of the year Parkinsons. So we used this to continue our focus on kindness looking at the kindness of the people in the Christmas story.
The thoughts from our youngsters really got us thinking for instance… The innkeeper made room for Mary and Joseph, this challenged us to make room for people, in our busy lives, who need our help. Then there was Joseph who stood by Mary despite the gossip there would no doubt have been. He trusted God and protected Mary and baby Jesus at a significant cost to himself. That challenges us to be kind not just when it’s easy to be but when it costs us too.
We enjoyed singing carols which included the old favourates, our final one ‘O little town of Bethlehem’ reminded us “the wonderous gift is given” by God to us. This is the greatest act of kindness ever, the gift of Jesus. This is of course what we should focus on at Christmas and everyday. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3v16).