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CHRISTMAS

Christmas 

 What is Christmas?

It seems for a lot of us Christmas has become a stressful time. This is probably due to the fact that in order to serve their own fancies the ‘world’ has commercialised Christmas. This of course serves dual purposes, retailers of all shapes and sizes and of all types of merchandise are able to sell their goods and hopefully improve the bottom line. For example the ‘Black Friday’ sales when the books of retailers are supposed to have moved from red to black, black of course means they are now making a profit. The second purpose is that in all the hullaballoo, pandemonium and last minute panic the true meaning of Christmas is lost.

If there is one secret the ‘god of this world’ doesn’t want people in on then it’s the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas means Christ’s Mass a time when we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. ‘Mass’ can be defined as the public celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant churches. The Eucharist being the Holy Communion. The taking of bread and wine just as Jesus did with His disciples when He celebrated the Passover with them at the Last Supper and instructed us to do likewise in remembrance of Him. So Christmas is supposed to be all about Christ but unfortunately we have majored so much on the minor that we so often leave the major completely out of the equation.

Are We Leaving Christ Out of Christmas?

Cities, towns and even villages have big ceremonies to turn on the Christmas lights yet they totally ignore Jesus who is the Light of the world (John 8:12).

In a bid to be politically correct cards are sent with the words ‘seasons greetings’ and recipients struggle to determine whether Summer, Spring, Autumn or Winter is meant, it probably depends on which hemisphere the recipient lives in. Would it not be so much easier to celebrate and reference Jesus as the reason for the season of goodwill?

For many, especially children, Christmas is all about the presents, the gifts they will get and be able to unwrap on Christmas day. In the mayhem and excitement the greatest gift of all time is often put on a back bench. Parents, uncles, aunties, sisters and brothers in a bid to show their love stretch themselves, their resources, as they endeavour to get the perfect gifts, the things that are really wanted. But the Father God knowing what we really need demonstrated His love for us by giving us the greatest gift of all time, Jesus our Saviour, who came to take our place and die so that we will not have to experience eternal death.

“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 3:16 NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)

God’s gift to us is completely free, it has been signed sealed and delivered to us in the most beautiful of packages and it always arrives right on time, the precise moment we decide to receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Feeding The Real US

Over the festive period we all have a tendency to gobble down every delicacy in sight, yours truly included. The excuse is the New Year will soon be here and we’ll get to make New Year Resolutions, forgetting of course that we’re likely to break those resolutions just as fast as we make them. So we feed our bodies all well and good, but what about our soul, yes our soul! Man, that is human beings, are spirit beings, believe it or not the real you and me are the spirits that live on the inside of us, we have a soul and we live in a body. Our bodies need to be taken care of but they are just the vessel, the container, the ‘tin’ so to say. Whilst the tin needs to be spick and span it is even more important that the contents are above board. Our souls, which consist of our will, our minds and our emotions, need to be fed. The food is the ‘Word of God’, the scriptures. As we eat our share and more of turkey, stuffing and the trimmings, as we indulge on Christmas cake, pudding and finger foods we should not forget or neglect to make sure our souls also get in on the action. By reading, studying and meditating on the Word of God we nourish our souls, enabling our minds and will to align themselves with what the Lord would have us do.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NASB)

Let It Be All About Christ

Christmas is a wonderful time, a time most of us look forward to and build up towards. We are able to relax, let our hair down (if we have any) and generally have a good time. I urge you this Christmas time and as we look forward to a wonderful 2015 may we allow Christmas to be all about Christ! May we put Him first in all our doings and may we decide that not only is He the reason for the season but indeed He is the reason for our being.

I wish you a wonderful Christ filled and Christ centred and truly fabulous 2015

LolaA x

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THE SPOTLIGHT

Being pregnant is difficult enough, having a minute by minute review of your pregnancy by 7 billion Homo Sapiens and counting… is just, well let me say very difficult! Then to add ‘hyperemesis gravidarum’ which is, a severe, debilitating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy that generally leads to more than 5 percent weight loss and may require fluid and nutritional supplement. To add that to the list makes it extremely, very difficult!

Many of us would love to have our day on the red carpet, flashing lights and accolades, cheers, Facebook ‘likes’ and even get to ‘trend’ on Twitter. Maybe for a day or two and only the nice, comfortable and dignified things said about us.

The embarrassing, ‘don’t go there’ bits we like to keep to ourselves, i.e. we like to keep our privacy private.

So we probably don’t envy Kate Middleton at this very private (albeit made public moment) of her life. Please excuse my use of Middleton, but I’m not quite sure what that name has transformed into. She and husband, Prince William had envisioned making their announcement around the Christmas lunch table and a great cheer going forth. Unfortunately it was not to be, Kate had to see the doctor and now even in far flung Zimbabwe news of a royal birth in the pipeline momentarily takes their minds off their hardship. Not to be out done China has come up with new images to use as representation of the royal birth 2,000 years ago. You got it, a heavily pregnant Kate with her William as Joseph.

Talk about there being nothing new under the sun, 2,000 years ago there was no Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo or WordPress but there sure was gossip in the town centre and gossip they did in that town called Nazareth. Another young lady had the searchlight put on her and what it revealed wasn’t quite as expected according to the unofficial town crier. The chief gossip’s version was that:  “‘Nice girl’ Mary wasn’t so nice afterall, and that not only did butter melt in her mouth she had a whole lot of other things up her sleeve also. Somewhere along the line things had gone horribly wrong and now her stomach was showing the whole world the evidence of what she had done in secret. Rumour had it that Joseph had wanted to put her away quietly, but Mary’s father had threatened Joseph that he would annihilate his lineage from Nazareth. So he was standing by her till she gave birth and then they would put the child up for adoption. Meanwhile they had both been shipped off to Bethlehem by Mary’s father to reduce the tongue wagging.”

The chief ‘gossip listener’ however was having none of it, she’d learnt from another grapevine that Mary was the ‘chosen virgin’ and that what was inside her was conceived of the Holy Spirit. Never had there been so much roaring laughter in Nazareth’s town centre. “A virgin pregnant?” people exclaimed as they literally rolled on the floor laughing =)) ROTFL.

After Mary was visited by angel Gabriel her life never went back to ‘normal’. She was ecstatic having been chosen by the Lord to give birth to the only begotten Son of God, someone who was going to change the face of humanity forever and ever. He was going to be greater than the US president, greater than the Queen of England, infact greater than all heads of states put together. She didn’t completely understand all of it but she was just happy to be of service to the Lord.

But my, did she have a rude awakening when her stomach began to show. She had been wanting to tell Joseph for months but somehow couldn’t seem to find the right words, when the cat was finally out of the bag, he stormed out of the house promising never to return. And oh did the tongues wag all over the town, it seemed the whole town was against her, family, friends everyone deserted her, she had become the pariah. She constantly looked at her skin thinking she had become leprous as well she wasn’t sure.

Then one day, when she was about seven months gone Joseph showed up, he muttered something about a dream and that they were going to Bethlehem together and she should pack a bag.

A big smile 🙂 became fixed on Mary’s face, if it was only Joseph who believed in her in the whole of Nazareth that was enough for her. As she packed her bag she began to sing:

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour…”

The spotlight is great, but oh so very often it becomes a searchlight.

Being used of the Lord is like emitting the scent of roses, but please beware of the thorns.

Let me be the first to wish you a Merry CHRISTmas.

LolaA x