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    A Christmas Reflection

    By Mary Bucknall

    There was a commotion, a hubbub, in the meeting room at work. Even I joined in to see what the excitement was all about.

    Some visitors had arrived, and the CEO and his wife were sitting talking with them. All eyes were on the smallest member of the group, an eight week old baby boy.

    christmas-nativity-pictures-ber10ancHenry William was the focus of the gathering, the centre of the family, and the proud parents were beaming.

    The baby gets all the attention! Why is this? Cute, sweet, new life? Something we all need and want for ourselves?

    Likewise Jesus as a baby is the focus, the centre, in innumerable nativity scenes, plays, paintings, stained glass windows, embroideries, appliqué, felt, etc, down the ages.

    My neighbour gave me three reddish sculpture figurines of Joseph, Mary and Child which were gathering dust in the charity shop where she works every Saturday morning. I washed them with squeezy and dried them, and now they are on my bookshelf, reminding me daily that the focus of their prayerful gaze is actually on the tiny helpless baby in the cradle.

    Is Jesus the focus, the centre of our lives? If not, why not? He was born as one of us, tiny, vulnerable, lovable, and He grew up to be our Lord and Saviour of all, dying on the Cross for our sins and rising again from the dead. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16).

    Let’s look to Jesus during this Christmas time with joy and delight and expectancy, just as we take delight in looking at an eight week old baby.

    In closing I would like to quote the first verse of a hymn by Patrick Appleford (b.1925).

    Lord Jesus Christ,
    You have come to us,
    You are one with us,
    Mary’s Son.

    Cleansing our souls from all their sin,
    Pouring your love and goodness in,
    Jesus our love for you we sing,
    Living Lord.

    View previous Reflection articles

    Choices, Choices
    Intelligent Machines
    Life After Death
    Life’s Challenges Pt. 2
    The Shattered Glass
    Not Quite the Damascus Road
    A Home for the Lord
    The Chair

    The New Age of Martyrs

    A God of Second Chances
    Acceptance & Rejection
    New Lights
    New Things
    More Thoughts on Christmas
    Thoughts on Christmas

    The Vastness of Creation

    Unexpected Treasure

    Life’s Challenges
    Home is where the Heart is
    Beyond Fear to Exhiliarating Trust
    Sticks and Stones
    Beauty in the Chaos
    God and Creation
    Perfect Timing
    The Lord is near
    Having fun and taking new steps with our friends
    A friend who stands where we stand, and weeps with us
    Remain in Me

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