Christmas, that time of the year when we wish peace on earth and goodwill to all people. But let us look at the reality of the season as it is seen today.
Christmas to some, is the celebration of the birthday of Jesus Christ, whose humble beginnings belied the pain and suffering He would endure for us all later in His life.
Today, in among the Christmas specials of the supermarket’s advertising and the twinkling lights of the big store’s Christmas trees, many people are hurting.
It is not easy for some people trying to survive in the ‘lucky country’ these days. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to obliterate the pain, to wipe out the memories and to enjoy for a short time the blissful stupor of nothingness.
Jesus told us ‘He is the way, the truth and the light’. We need to have the courage to accept the challenge of turning to Him.
When those around us treat Christmas as an excuse just to have a holiday or to write themselves off, we need to see the Season for what it is, the birthday of the only one who can save the world from slowly destroying itself.
It is a sobering thought!
I’m Peter Mack and that’s faith.