Seasonal Greetings to all of you from members and friends of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. We sincerely hope that you and your family may enjoy a great time this festive season. Perhaps the greatest Christmas song ever recorded was the song made famous by Bing Crosby; ‘I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS’. People in some nations of the world place bets on the chances of snow falling on Christmas Day. For them this would provide the perfect backdrop with which to celebrate their festive season.
Christmas is clearly a time in which family and friends come together to exchange gifts with each other. It is particularly great to watch as our children open their presents and to witness the joy on their faces as they unwrap the gift of their dreams! In the midst of this, we must always remind ourselves of the real reason for the season. For the Christian believer, it is the time of the year in which we celebrate the greatest gift ever given to mankind; the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Paul, the New Testament letter writer, in referring to this glorious event, describes the coming of Jesus as ‘GOD’S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT’! The Babe in the Bethlehem manger represents this great act of love by God in sending His Son; Jesus to be the One who would bring peace, freedom, healing and forgiveness into a broken world. This message is not just a dream it is a reality! Right at the heart of the message of Christmas is the statement; ‘FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE’……………
Whatever our hopes and dreams may be this festive season, my prayer for each and everyone of you may be that you experience the power and presence of our God and Saviour; Jesus Christ. I close this by quoting a line from one of the Carols that many will sing this Christmas time:-
‘THE HOPES AND FEARS OF ALL THE YEARS ARE MET IN THEE TONIGHT’.
Have a great time, and may the joy and hope of this blessed season be yours this Christmas tide.