TOUCHED BY LOVE…
Earlier this year, and just seven miles south of Jerusalem, I visited the Church of the Holy Nativity, Bethlehem, and climbed down into the cave which for thousands of years Christians have recognised as the probable sight of the birthplace of Jesus Christ. I still remember moment when I touched the damp earth of the spot and said a short prayer “Thank you Jesus for coming to earth for me.”
There are so many distractions this Christmas, from tasteful or tasteless decorations to family challenges and present lists, but the spiritual significance of Christmas is unchanging: heaven touches earth in the person of his Son Jesus Christ.
We had queued for hours to see the spot and excited children have been waiting for months for their festive celebrations; but for God’s people, the wait had been for thousands of years.
I find it amazing that God should want to touch our lives, just as surely as baby Jesus touched perhaps that very spot all these years ago.
Is there anything which saddens us this Christmas? Ask the Saviour to touch it with his comfort.
Is there anything which annoys or irritates us this Christmas? Ask the Saviour to touch it with his peace.
Is there anything which worries us about the future this Christmas? Ask the Saviour to touch it with his power.
If he came all the way from the glory of heaven to a humble manger in Bethlehem, surely it is just short journey from that manger to our lives with his presence.
Take a moment this Christmas to think and to thank the one who came to touch our lives with his love, perhaps remembering these words of the prophet Isaiah:
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace….” (Isaiah 9 v6)
May you and all those you love, have a peaceful and blessed Christmas, in the Saviour’s care,
David Hall (Vicar)