Zeph Daily 70

Only 184 sleeps to go!!!!!

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Exactly 6 months and it’ll be just 1 more sleep!!!

So, on a scale of The Grinch to Buddy the elf, how excited do you get about Christmas?

Let me try a different question then – what do you love most about Christmas?

I love Christmas and most of what comes with it. I love my chocolate advent calendar – chocolate before brekkie; what’s not to love?! I love seeing houses all trimmed up, I love Christmas trees (especially the smell of a real one), I love all the food (mmmmmmm, sprouts!), I love thinking about what gifts to buy people. I even love wrapping presents!

I love Christmas movies; it wouldn’t be Christmas in our house without watching Muppets’ Christmas Carol at least once. There are some films I’ve watched so many times, it feels like I pretty much know them word for word.

But of course, Christmas wouldn’t actually be Christmas without THE story. The story that gets told year after year after year after year all around the world. The story that is absolutely the best, most exciting thing about Christmas. The story that tells of God coming to live among us, actually coming to live among us, as one of us, born as a baby in the most humble of circumstances.

Only 184 sleeps to go!!!

It’s a story of such utmost importance to us and even though some of the details of how we tell it are undoubtedly different to the reality of that night, that doesn’t matter. Did Mary ride from Nazareth to Bethlehem on a donkey? We don’t know. Was Jesus born in a stable as we imagine a stable to be? We don’t know. Do these details change what lies at the heart of this story – God coming to live among us? No!

I love Christmas. Have I mentioned that already?

And do you know another thing I love about Christmas? It’s the names we give Jesus, that for some reason, seem only really to be brought out at Christmas. Wonderful Counsellor, Prince of Peace, Emmanuel.

That’s what Christmas is – Emmanuel – and that’s why I love it. Christmas is God with us. And you may (?) have been sitting there 25 minutes ago tutting at me and feeling all Scrooge – “Christmas? It’s only June!” But if Christmas is God with us (and it is!!!) then that’s always, not just in December. That’s why I love Christmas. And that’s why, in the words of Scrooge himself, I will honour Christmas and try to keep it all the year round.

And so, in keeping with this morning….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPqCP0UiPI0

Emmanuel is for life, not just for Christmas!!! God is with us always, every day. God’s love and hope and light lives in us and He calls us to let it shine out from us every day. And so, I bid you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Today and…….God bless us, everyone!

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