I want to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Well, its not fair………….looks like everywhere else has got snow around the country and poor old Colwich has none…at the very best there is still a hard frost but not enough to show up on photos at all!!!!
Here are a few pics though of our preparations for christmas, i’ll get some photos during the festivities as well – well we do have a fortnight off till the Epiphany. http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/novblog/Advent09?authkey=Gv1sRgCNbw-JLc1-v-Pw&feat=directlink
And now, just a few thoughts on Christmas………..“The Word was made flesh and lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth” – Jn 1:14.
It is hard to beleive that in just a short space of time as we know – in fact, 4 weeks (approx), we have to prepare for the Birth of all births – this is what we know as Christmas. Christ was born for us! It is truly an amazing occassion that ‘Emmanuel’ (which means – God is with us)’ has visited us. ……………… We spend our time preparing for this event full of excitement and great anticipation through exchanging presents, cards with family and friends both those who are near at hand and thosse who are far away. Food and decorations need to be dealt with and anything that we feel we need to do, to make it an extra special occassion. Everything has to be just right! But what about this event that happened about 2000 yrs ago? Can we really capture the same awe at the birth of this special baby? We try out best to, but perhaps fail miserably……but what of the circumstances that Mary and Joseph found themselves in? They were strangers with no home, they had to find shelter which was a cave were animals were kept……Mary laid her baby in a Manger – which was a feeding trough….It would have been noisy not to mention smelly…(so much for our modern day standards of Health and Hygiene)…Shepherds came and adored the baby Jesus and this would have surprised the parents some what…..It wasn’t a ‘cushy affair’. We can get tied up with all the pomp and trimmings that go with Christmas, we need to celebrate someones birthday – we do all the time for family and friends – but this is on a much larger scale and it has an unprecidented effect….well after all God did become man and its something we cannot fully grasp here and now (and we can all say ‘he did it for me’ ), but at the end of the day let us not forget what the real meaning of christmas is.
So take care and have a very happy and holy christmas —— and i’ll be back soon with some more pics – i hope!!!