Thought for the week – 19.12.19

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James 1:17 taken from the Easy to read version: ‘Everything that is good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from Him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from these lights. He is always the same.’

In a material world, commercial pressures and expectations can so easily distract us from the true meaning of the Christmas festival in which we remember and celebrate God’s gift of love in the birth of Christ, and all it means for us.

We can pass on God’s gifts of love to others, not just in material gifts, but in caring for each other, listening, giving our time or practical help where we are able.

Christmas time can have its own stresses and pressures, for some a very busy period, for others a time when loneliness is more acute. Whatever the challenge may be time spent quietly in prayer helps us receive God’s support and guidance throughout our everyday lives.

Challenges in our lives are always with us, but we are reminded that Gods love does not change, it is a gift freely given to all of us.

Geoff and Janet Fairbairn,

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).