Merry Christmas from Carl Beech
I have some great memories of Christmas as I was growing up. I was walking the dog early this morning and I had a vivid memory of playing a king at the infant school nativity. I can remember being dressed up in a blue velvet robe and plastic crown on my head and thinking I looked the business. I can remember feeling excited that it was Christmas … because that meant Quality Street, presents and staying up a bit later …
When I was 18 I met Jesus, that was in April 1990. That year Christmas seemed very different to me. Sure, it still meant presents, time standing still, family and a great meal … but the underlying reason for the day was for the first time right at the forefront. In fact that year was the first time I went to church on Christmas morning.
I don’t know what this year has held for you … I don’t know what’s in front of you. But whether it’s been good, bad or truly awful, the one thing we can be sure of is that Jesus is amongst us. We live with a great promise of hope.
Isaiah 9 says;
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light!For to us a child is bornTo us a son is givenAnd the government will be on his shouldersAnd he will be calledWonderful Counsellor, Mighty GodEverlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Have a fantastic Christmas and a brilliant 2012…. And keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the bright morning star …
In other words: keep looking up!