20. The wise men worshipped the child Jesus, and gave him three gifts.
Magical three wishes are the staple of fairy stories. Placing yourself in the position of the wise men, worshipping, what three gifts would you offer the child Jesus? From the very heart of your being what would you give. Of all of the carols, “In the Bleak Mid Winter” holds a magical image in the last verse where Christina Rossetti manages to direct our thoughts in this matter of gifting Jesus.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart
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5. An angel, called Gabriel, came to visit Mary. He said to her, “You will have God’s baby, and will name him Jesus.”
After the ordinary the extra-ordinary. To hope or expect the extra-ordinary is not really a modern state. We are far too practical and logical to expect God breaking into life in such a prominent way. Prophets and seers are held at sceptical arms length.
Yet those who constantly proclaim God’s Kingdom still live and breath in this generation. I am not talking about the shouters on street corners or those who announce God’s doom. Jesus spoke of cups of water given, children cared for and prisoners visited. Look for and practice generosity, caring and visiting – be a present day angel proclaiming Christ’s kingdom.
Who will I give, care for or visit today. Pray and act afterward.
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Thursday 11th December 2014
Christmas afternoon my family and I often go out for a walk, to clear the cob-webs off, to walk a little of the turkey dinner off and to see how many Christmas bicycle and/or jumpers we can see.
Doing something different can be quite refreshing and stimulating. It is said, “A change is as good as a rest.”
Do something different this season. Visit someone, smile more often, be more generous with your time. Anyone of these could make someone’s Christmas, on the day or the weeks leading up to the big day.
“Give and you will receive,” is a saying only really understood by those who give regularly and often.
Oh what a virus to catch this winter.
Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church