It’s that time of year again when the nation goes mental!! Christmas to an average person on Oxford Street could be; ‘ A time of Joy’ ‘A time of presents’, ‘ A time of family’, and others it could be ‘ A time of food’!!! They are general stereotypical views of how some people describe what Christmas means to them. What does it mean to you??
The main reason why this blog has gone quiet the last few weeks; is due to the time constraints that an MT has on an average week. The work load is getting heavy, but also challenging and interesting. The other day, someone said to me, ‘Do I have time to pray and have time to myself?’ That question made me think about how much I put in to pray and devotional time. The busyness of Christmas is stressful and noisy, but are we having time for ourselves to think about the time of Christmas. Part of Jesus’ preparation before his death was done in prayer. We who have busy lives need to realise that, we don’t work our socks off to put your feet up on Christmas day. We need to balance our time of reflection and prayer along with the rest of our lives. It is very hard, and you shouldn’t feel rotten, or guilty if you don’t balance it out. It just means that you’re not being disciplined in your relationship with God.
Someone said to me when I was younger that if you put God on hold over Christmas; its like leaving your best friend on hold on a telephone, waiting for you to reply. Do we reply back? Are we making the conversation?
The days go by for me, and there is always time for me to pray, and give time to God.
The highlights for an MT so far are: The enjoyment to be in a parish with so many wonderful people, who do have problems of their own, but have the time to think of others: The love and grace that is found under the roughest of places: the opportunity to see children understand what Christ has done for them: And the vicar’s wife baking!!
I wish that you may all have a wonderful Christmas, and a resourceful New year!!!