I hear once again the familiar Christmas carols
And my heart misses a beat or two
Memories come hauntingly, in fragments
What kind of memories?
Of days long ago
Of times past
When all was simple and life was unhurried
Now there is a different kind of feeling
One that comes with age
Fondness remains, gratitude deepens
But more and more also a nagging feeling of sadness
Sadness in a season of good cheer?
My heart bleeds
for the many who do not love the One who first loved us
for the many who continue to reject Him who chose to be one of us
He desires that we may come to know Him, love Him and serve Him
But one sees more and more rejection
More and more the world falls prey to secularism, consumerism, materialism and relativism
Why, Lord? Why? Who can take it?
Love can. Only love
Yes, our God is Love and He accepts it all He loves us all
Can we love Him in return? Can we respond a little?
And so the Christmas of long ago comes round again
Some two thousand years ago in a manger in Bethlehem
Some things never change
The foolish ones go giddy and know no fear
The wise ones go humbly on their knees, thankful to have been saved
But the Christ Child came for all, not just for you and for me
The Christ Child came to save and not to condemn
He came for all, not just for you or for me
Do we understand this? if we do, let us cry out with joy. . . . .
The Saviour is here! He is here!