Far far away in a little corner of the world a group of families in 2014 came to learn the Christmas message…….
Many years ago there were others waiting for Christmas just like we do. “Can you think of who might have been waiting?”
Hand up, “Mr Claus?”
“Mr Claus” came afterwards, what about even before he was around?
Hand up, “Mrs Claus?”
“Okay, I will give a small clue, how about some animals that were around then…”
Hand up, “Reindeer?”
“Hmmmm…umm…(help) … let me introduce you first to the donkey….”
Aside from a few open mouthed Grandparents, how is it many of our younger children have lost the person and story of Jesus? Or perhaps even God?
A later event with a school class started with a child walking into a church hall and one child announcing, “Where is God?”
It is a near new experience for those of us growing up in a country where knowledge about the birth and life of Jesus, although not fully embraced, used to be a given.
Now this Christmas it serves as prompt to make our top priority telling the next generations of ‘Jesus and His Love’ least our grandchildren, neices, newphews, great grandchildren do not hear about the Saviour who came at Christmas for all mankind.
It may require courage to speak and point out what in society is fast becoming a little known fact; to be self-conscious in front of others; and to risk. But if we don’t?
Lets tell them St Nicholas (Father Christmas, Santa) was indeed a real person who gave gifts to others; but it was the Christ-child at whose feet he knelt.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14