A message from Duncan:
The Wise Men took out their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and gave them to him.
Matthew 2: 11
At this time of year out thoughts turn to Christmas and all the tasks we need to complete in readiness for the big day – not least the selection, buying and wrapping of presents. This custom of giving and receiving gifts at Christmas reflects what the Wise Men (or Kings, or Magi) did when they offered their gifts to the infant Jesus. To be honest, the commercialism of buying Christmas presents can get a little out of hand if we’re not careful, and it is sad to hear of people getting into debt in the New Year because of the amount they’ve spent on them – even though it may be out of sheer generosity.
To show our love for people doesn’t mean that we have to exchange gifts such as gold, yet alone frankincense or myrrh. Because the greatest gift of Christmas was the birth of a child – the baby Jesus, God’s own Son. And the greatest gift we can offer anyone does not need to cost lots of money. For the greatest gift we can offer if that of our love and our time for someone else. And when we offer that, we are indeed reflecting God’s love for all his creation and we help to make the world a better place.
But we should also remember that God has given each one of us special gifts. And he wants us to share them with others as well. Which is why we’re organising another Festival of Talent next year on the weekend of 14th and 15th April 2018. I hope that lots of the many gifted people of Thornhill will wish to share those gifts and talents with others by showing and demonstrating their abilities in art, craft and design, as well as other gifts they may have. Please don’t keep them wrapped up. We look forward to this with great anticipation! Application forms for those wishing to take part by coming along to exhibit and/or demonstrate their talents in St Christopher’s Hall over that weekend will be available in the new year – so please keep the date free and look out for the publicity on posters, this website and Facebook page.
So, this Christmas and on into the New Year, I hope that you will be able to join in all the celebrations and festivities, especially the many events held at and by St Christopher’s, thanking God for all he gives to us day by day and wishing to share those gifts generously and joyfully.
With love and blessings for a Happy Christmas
and a peace-filled New Year,