Reflections from the rectory

God’s Special Gift 

For those of us about to spend Christmas with a new child or grandchild, we will know how very special the arrival of a baby is! This Christmas we celebrate again God’s gift of Jesus: ‘Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!’ (2 Corinthians 9:15). What can we say about this baby?


He is God Himself:                                                                                                                                   The unthinkable has happened: God has become a human being! The eternal, creator God enters the world of time and space, both fully human and fully divine. This divine baby can bring hope to our messy world, because He has fully become part of it. He doesn’t stand apart, but demonstrates a commitment to be with us and on our side in the midst of sin and suffering. 

He is human like us:                                                                                                                                    Jesus fully engaged with the jungle of human experience. By His cross and resurrection, He can release us from the power of wrong, hurt and shame to secure for us a life of love, peace and forgiveness. Remember, the crib and cross are made of the same wood!

He is one with us:                                                                                                                                                  In the coming of Jesus, God doesn’t draw us simply into a cosmic event, but into a relationship. Just as you or I can hold and hug our children and grandchildren, so we have a God who wants to be intimately involved in our lives. As Emmanuel, ‘God is with us’ (Matt 1:23). Therefore, the question is: Are we with Him? Are we ready to make space for Him at the centre of our Christmas Celebrations this year?

‘At Christmas time, when we receive presents we don’t really need, God offers us a gift we cannot do without.’ 

May I wish you all a very Happy and peaceful Christmas. 

Fr Clive , Rector Mells Group of Churches

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