In our ‘Little Big Church‘ service tonight, we had the help of Mickey to explore the meaning of Christmas:
Mickey seemed to think the meaning of Christmas was PRESENTS! He knew a lot about Christmas traditions, and the children enjoyed how he talked about Father Christmas (bringing presents) and Christmas trees (under which you put presents).
But, as Auntie Herlen reminded Mickey, there is more to Christmas than presents. Mickey talked about a fairy story, with a princess and a brave knight, but oddly enough, God did not choose to send His Son into a fairy story. Mary was no princess; she was an ordinary girl. Joseph was no knight; he was an ordinary carpenter. But God sent His Son into the world to save us in very ordinary ways, with the shepherds being the first visitors to the baby Jesus.
Mickey’s talk about presents was appreciated, nonetheless, when all the children received an Advent calendar – with a story book about the meaning of Christmas included. As the children enjoy the chocolates day by day, we pray they will also appreciate the meaning of Christmas more, and for the adults present… we too need to take our eyes off the presents and traditions and remind ourselves of the central theme of Christmas: Jesus sent to save the world from our sins, a story found in the New Testament (especially in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2), a story which has the power to transform our lives and give us meaning and hope.