Thought for the week – week 47

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We’re seeing the beginnings of the festivities here in Oban: shops laying out their Christmas displays, and conversations in the houses across the town about what people might want, or need, come Christmas morning.

We’re hearing familiar songs, each conveying something about what is to come – one famous brand consistently rolling out theirs with the well-known words ‘The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming’ to a melody of momentum and building anticipation.

Each speak, in part, to a deep longing that resides in the hearts of all humankind, for peace and hope seen in sacrifice and giving.

This year, as you wait for the coming of Christmas morning, we invite you to do so with the multitude who reflect on the hope and promise seen and found in the sacrifice and giving of Jesus Christ.

‘God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His one and only son into the world so that we might live through him’ – (1 John 4v9)

Pastor Stuart Lawson,

Oban Baptist Church.