Sunday, 11 December 2011
A Pause in Advent - 3
Today's Advent Box contained a kaleidoscope! One of the lovely old-fashioned tin kaleidoscopes - which are actually very hard to find today in the toy shops. When you look through a kaleidoscope you see many different coloured patterns which are changing, you can't really describe them to other people, they have to come and see them for themselves. So it was for the shepherds out in the fields that first Christmas. Yes the angels visited them and told them all about what wonderful thing had happened, but they had to go and see for themselves. They had to go and visit the stable and see the baby Jesus for themselves. And so it is for us too today. We can listen to other people tell us of the marvels and wonders of God and of his love for us, but we really need to see him ourselves. So this Christmas find time to kneel in wonder at the manger for yourself, to reflect on what the coming of Emmanuel - Christ with us - really means for your life.