Thought for the Day – 05.12.19

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Isn’t Oban looking great? The Christmas trees, decorations and festive lights in our streets and homes really brighten up the place.

The children in our schools are busy practising for their Nativity plays and shows. Some families are planning to travel and celebrate Christmas together. It really is a beautiful time of the year.

There is so much excitement just now for so many. All of this is wonderful but it’s also important to remember that it’s not yet Christmas!

We have begun the season of Advent. Unfortunately, Advent can be overlooked because we’re too busy. If this happens then I think that we lose out.

‘Advent’ is the Latin word for ‘Come’. So Advent helps us prepare to celebrate well Christ’s coming. During Advent, the church encourages us to reflect on why Jesus was born, why God took on our human nature.

We recognise our brokenness but, more importantly, that the Messiah – God’s anointed – came to renew us. The Saviour was born to redeem us. He will return at the end in glory. In his boundless mercy he wants us to share in the glory for eternity. Thus Advent is a season of hope. We are never alone. We are always loved.

This December I wish you a good Advent so that you will enjoy a beautiful Christmas.