The angels appearing at the news of our Lords coming are so important to us. When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary an when Gabriel appeared to Joseph in a dream and when the Angles appeared to shepherds watching the sheep the Angel declared “Do not be afraid”. We hear the angels saying to us loudly and clearly do not be afraid. For us it is not a theoretical proclamation. We are surrounded by fear. I stood up in church this evening and looked at my dear people. It suddenly struck me that there was not one family there who had not had members of their family killed in the terror and violence that surrounds us.
They have all been injured so badly by the terror and turmoil yet Christmas means to them they are not ruled by fear. Fear can paralyse but we have to move onwards and upwards. All the time people here talk about the joy of Christmas, the liberation of Christmas and the joy of this time. The worship is extra joyful and extra triumphant. It is in worship that real hope is found. This is the love that came down at Christmas. Therefore we:
Worship we the Godhead, Love incarnate, love divine, Worship we our Jesus, but wherewith for sacred sign?
So it is in the love of our Jesus that we are celebrating and rejoicing this Christmas. We are not depressed or sad we are full of joy, hope and happiness. Maybe if you are to see the true meaning of Christmas you need to come to the most dangerous place in the world. For hear we have already lost everything and Jesus is our all and everything. The final verse of “Love Came Down at Christmas” says it all.
Love shall be our token
Love shall be yours and love be mine
Love to God and to all men
Love for plea and gift and sign…
Pastor Dewey Note: Let us cover all the people in Iraq in our prayers at all times. We pray for the end of murder, the end the killing of God’s children, the end of war, in Jesus name, Amen!