Thought for the week: 21.11.19

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Perhaps, like me, you’re beginning to wrack your brain thinking of what you might be able to get a loved-one this Christmas … something new, different, distinct, significant.

Perhaps, on the other hand, you’ve got it all in place, already wrapped and already under the already-decorated tree!

It’s such a magical time of year, in no small part because of the creativity people show in their attempts to convey appreciation to those whom they love.

While this can be done through the tangible gifts we buy, isn’t it often the case that, upon reflection at the end of the holiday period, when the excitement and the drama has settled, what stands out most are the moments of quiet and rest we shared with those closest to us?

It is in these moments that we capture something of the Christian faith in its purest form – the peace that follows the giving and receiving of a heartfelt gift.

As we make final preparations for next month’s big day, let’s remember that there is a gift awaiting all of us: a gift that is different, distinct and significant, to all who would receive it, found in the arrival of God’s Son, which brings with it quiet and rest, given so that all may truly know the extent of God’s great love for the world.

Reverend Stuart Lawson,

Oban Baptist Church.