"But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." - Luke 2:10-11

It’s Christmas, and I was the Children's Minister! I’d been working flat out at multiple services, organizing last minute fill-ins for the Christmas play, coordinating Children’s ministry songs, keeping an eye out for those who were new at church and even trying to fit in my own plans for the day. Oh boy!

While there are always amusing church Christmas mishap stories (I’ve heard of donkeys who try to eat Mary’s robe, or dogs who run off with the baby Jesus doll!), in the midst of all this work I was worn out, and found it hard to remember what God had done for me in sending Jesus all those years ago.

A two-year-old recently reminded me that the complications of being busy often get in the way of enjoying the Christmas season. So ahead of the services, plays and potential Christmas dinner burnt offerings, I’d like to keep it a bit simpler and celebrate one part of God’s incredible gift that has encouraged me this year.

I'm particularly encouraged this year that in the middle of travel, poverty, and changes in plan during the original Christmas, there was so much hope. What encourages you? Is it the shepherds, simple guys working the land, being picked by God to see Jesus? Is it God providing shelter for a young couple when they really needed it? Maybe it’s in God choosing to become human and knowing how we feel in this world - or just seeing that He kept His promise and sent His Saviour?

Whatever encourages you this year, I hope there’s a moment for you to spend alone with God to enjoy His gift to you. I’ve attached a fun video that gave me a laugh – I hope you like it!

Have a wonderful Christmas season,