The Vicar’s Newsletter – December 2017

Dear Friends

I received the following words this week.

When I say I am a Christian, I am not shouting that I am clean living; I’m whispering that I am lost, but now I am found and forgiven.  When I say I am a Christian I don’t speak of this with pride, I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.  When I say I am a Christian I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing that I’m weak and need his strength to carry on.  When I say I am a Christian I’m not bragging of success. I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.  When I say I am a Christian I’m not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.  When I say I am Christian I still feel the sting of pain and I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.  When I say I am a Christian I am not holier than thou. I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace ‘somehow’.

That ‘somehow’ is the reason why we as Christians celebrate Christmas.

Chapter 3 of John’s Gospel says 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

God the Father gave us the gift of His only Son to show us His love.  A love that was stronger than death, without Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, we would have no reason to celebrate.  As Christians we know full well our failings and our weaknesses, but we also know that Jesus died for us, but did not remain in a state of death but rose again and now sits at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and making our eternal future secure in Him, what a wonderful gift!!

So this Christmas why don’t you and your family receive the true gift of Christmas that is free and life lasting, the gift of Jesus Christ in your life?

A Joyous Christmas to you.

And Blessings and Peace in 2018

Love Eileen

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