- To put more layers on and still go for a short walk
- Phone a friend for a chat
- Do some house work
- Read a book.
PrayerLord Jesus, even when we are distracted from you, we thank you that your Holy Spirit will lead us back to knowledge of you. Amen.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father who does not change.” (James 1 v.17)
You will find a number of changes in this magazine, mainly dates. As a non-conformist, I welcome change if it is done for the right reason but December 25th, a day to celebrate God’s good and perfect gift, does not change.
When the Angel Gabriel gave Mary the news of God’s intention, she began to anticipate the change that would take place in her life at Christmas – not that it was called Christmas then; but she waited to experience the change that giving birth to her first child would make to her future.
I am sure that there were times when Mary, a young girl, would have felt afraid of the future, especially regarding the reaction of her husband-to-be. Perhaps, that is why she went to visit her relative, Elizabeth, who herself was probably anxiously anticipating the future, so that they could mutually support one another.
For those who have experienced sadness during the past year, or for whom Christmas brings back sad memories, the presence of a friend or close relative can make the season more bearable, so let us keep in mind those who might need us to help them.
We all face changes in our lives and if we look back, we might realise, just as the Angel Gabriel said to Mary, “The Lord is with you,” so thankfully, He has been with us and His love for us has given us hope for the future.
Christmas will come and go and changes will occur, but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13 v.8) and He is our constant support.
Let us not forget that Christmas is simply a time for thanking God for His gift of Jesus, His Son, to the world.
With love at Christmas and wishing you all a happy and healthy new year.
I am yours in love and prayers,
“Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After, he went upon a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came He was there alone…” (Matthew 14 v.22-23)
Jesus gives us an example here about the need to pray. He had just finished feeding the 5000 men plus women and children, before which He had healed many of the people. To replace the energy that He had lost in being so busy, He went away on His own to pray. He made room in His busy schedule to be alone with the Father.
Jesus is showing us the importance of rebuilding our bodies and our minds when we are very busy.
I will admit that I don’t always find time in my busyness to stop to pray. However, after reading this and the commentary, I am determined to follow the example of Jesus…except the “mountainside”; that would be very difficult in Long Itchington.
The commentary is that spending time with God in prayer nurtures a vital relationship and equips us to meet life’s challenges and struggles.
We all need that help and if we find it difficult to find words to pray, Jesus said the Holy Spirit will give you what to say.
In Christian love,
“When the day of Pentecost came…All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…” (Acts 2 v.1-4)
How anyone can suggest that being a Christian is boring, I fail to understand.
We have just celebrated the exciting time of Jesus resurrected from death to life when there were so many different accounts of Him appearing to his followers. This was followed by the day Jesus ascended into heaven, alive for evermore, with the promise that one day He will return.
The next exciting event is called Pentecost, when all the disciples were gathered together waiting for a special gift.
I don’t know about you, but I still get excited when the postman delivers a parcel for a special event.
On the day of Pentecost, God delivered a special gift in a very exciting way.
First of all, there was the sound of a violent wind, but it was not a destructive wind, and then there were tongues of fire which rested on each disciple. This was not destructive either, it was God’s way of giving power to His people. The Holy Spirit is the power of God and from then to now every Christian is given that power to work for Jesus Christ.
All of these events may seem to be out of this world, and they are, because they are from God’s world, and they are given to us to use to make a difference to the lives of others in the way that they have made a difference to our lives.
May you all feel empowered through the Holy Spirit as you witness about the love God has for each of you, shown through His Son, Jesus Christ.
With love in Him,
“If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5 v.17)
In some ways, being a Christian means that each one of us is a brand new person on the inside, so does that mean we have no leaves to turn over? Regretfully not, because that would suggest that having been re-created to live in vital union with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we have nothing to change, no way to improve, nothing to ask forgiveness for.
If we believe that, part of Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae would be a good way for each of us to begin the year 2017. In Colossians 2 v. 6 & 7, Paul says to us, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness.”
I recently had to have a huge fir tree cut down because I felt it had become dangerous. The tree had overcome its usefulness and, although it had continued to grow, its roots seemed to be dying. Our faith being rooted in Jesus Christ will never become dangerous and never die because our life comes from Jesus and is constantly strengthened by His Holy Spirit. Let us then celebrate a new year and again, using Paul’s words, let us delight in how firm our faith is in Jesus Christ.
With love in the Lord,
When they had all had enough to eat Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ (John 6 v12)
And from Proverbs 22 v9: A generous man will himself be blessed
This is Harvestime, a time of thanksgiving for the food that we have and that we have plenty of. However, there are still people who struggle to feed their families, which is why there are food banks. We may think that in this day and age and in this country we should not need the food banks but that is making a judgement about something we don’t necessarily understand. Jesus said, “Let nothing be wasted” and yet it is common knowledge that some of our best known food stores throw huge amounts of food away daily, and it is also true that statistics show that many of us waste food.
We have been supplying the Southam Food Bank ever since the Leamington Christian Mission finished, but it has been noticeable that the food we collect comes from just a few people. This year again all the imperishable food items brought to the Harvest Thanksgiving will be given to the Southam Food Bank, which at times gets desperate for certain items. I am therefore asking you all to give as much as you can to make this a bumper Harvest for the hungry. We will also have our usual traditional Harvest display of vegetables, fruit and flowers, which will be sold and the proceeds will be donated to Christian Aid, again to help those who have little.
In the Lord’s service,