Theme = ‘christmas’
In Jesus God comes to us, so he can be with us, and we with him â€“ this is peace.
God still works through the unexpected today - through surprise, and through wonder.
No matter how full, busy, noisy and bright our Christmases might be, without Jesus there is something missing.Â Without Jesus, Christmas may as well be empty, dark and silent.
We may not know what the future holds â€“ but we know who holds the future.
My prayer is that we might all make space for Jesus this Christmas - and then in January, in February and beyond.
The gift of Godâ€™s own Son takes a lifetime to unwrap, but itâ€™s never too early to start.
Jesus wasnâ€™t born to enjoy the view: he was born to save us from the mess weâ€™ve gotten ourselves into. It isnâ€™t magic or make-believe, but won at great cost: Christmas is not a fairy tale.
Those angelic words are a rather good summary of the message of Christmas: Glory to God and on earth peace. And if I were forced to distil it even further, I would say the message of Christmas is this: peace on earth.