Christmas message from Pastor Andrew Gardner, Fulwood Free Methodist Church

You might be old enough to remember the old song '˜All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!' Another song wishes for your days to be 'merry and bright.'

Friday, 21st December 2018, 10:05 am
Updated Friday, 21st December 2018, 11:08 am
Nativity scene
Nativity scene

You might be old enough to remember the old song ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!’ Another song wishes for your days to be “merry and bright.”

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But can you imagine a world without Christmas? Our economy can’t. Businesses rely on great sales. Retailers start to plan for next Christmas straight after New Year’s Day. For many, Christmas is “about family,” or “about children,” or “about holidays.” Most people love to celebrate - whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, a promotion, an exam passed or a baby born, it gives us a reason to have fun with presents, lights, feasts and parties.

The word Christmas means to “Celebrate Christ.” It is Christ Jesus who is the reason for the season. Christmas (the birth of Christ) was never meant to get us into debt or stress us out. Those ‘perfect Christmas TV shows’ and glitzy adverts make it all too easy for us to lose sight of the One who came to set us free. Jesus was born into poor surroundings. Rich and poor alike (wise men and shepherds) immediately recognised this baby to be the Saviour of all. Right before He died, He prayed to God to forgive the people who’d bullied him. Praying is simply talking to God. You may have very little money, you may be in poor health, you may be bereaved, but take a little time to celebrate Christmas by asking God to give you His peace in the business and stress of life.

Pastor Andrew Gardner, Fulwood Free Methodist Church