A few musings from St Kilda

Monday, 28 September 2009

The right perspective

Colossians 1: 9-12 Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven't stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works.

We pray that you'll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work.

We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

What's happened to Christmas?

It's coming up to the end of September and as far as I can see, there's little evidence of Christmas yet. I did see an advert for Christmas Dinner in a pub recently but so far there is a lack of tinsel and turkey. What's going on? Christmas isn't Christmas without promotions starting in September.

That being said, let's not be cynical. Did you know that more people accept Christ in the Christmas period than at any other time of the year? I went to a Ministers Meeting run by J John the other day. He quickly brought up the subject of Christmas. What were we doing? Is it going to be the same old thing as usual?

I'm known as "Bah humbug!" about Christmas. I just hate the garbage that obscures the really profound truth about Christmas. But we can't get away from the fact that people love Christmas even though what they love isn't necessarily Christian. Surely we need to pray and plan to connect with people this year - not on a superficial level, but one where we can communicate Jesus effectively to them. That's the challenge. Let's make the most of every opportunity.