This is the third in our Advent series of reflections, written by pioneering youth workers…
When we enter into the Christmas period, there is a sense of busyness and preparation in order to see all things come together for such a special time of year. We see the sales coming up, the decorations out in full force and the excitement in the young people (and some of our team mates) for presents and glorious amounts of food. The preparation involved in making it perfect can sometimes be exhausting.
This year will be my first English Christmas. Reigning from Australia (proudly kiwi first), this is all a new experience to me. Coats and a warm fire instead of swimmers and a hot sandy beach, roast turkey instead of prawns and “snags off the barbie”. I would welcome the Christmas period as just some time off, often dismissing the true meaning behind it. If the northern hemisphere does something right, it’s engaging the masses in the “Christmas spirit”. But have we got that spirit right?
At this time of year we can give so much our resources and time to our friends, families and strangers to see the perfect Christmas come to light. When we look at Mary as told in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, her disbelief as to why God chose her, a virgin pledged to be married, is expressed. In chapter 2, not having the facilities to be warm and comfortable in the birthing process. Now I’m not a mum, but I can only imagine the emotions of going through an even well-prepared birth. Christmas can be portrayed this way, hoping to be well prepared, serving the best food we can afford and ensuring our loved ones enjoy the gift we’ve put varying degrees of thought into. But what would happen if we just let God do what he needed to do, using us as mortals to do his good work this holiday season. Jesus had to become man to die for us, mortal flesh and blood. Can we take a step back from our own busyness to appreciate the time and place Mary birthed Jesus into? Can we see new hope birthed for us?
By the team at Clevedon YMCA. “From Clevedon YMCA to wherever you are, we do wish you a restful and peaceful Christmas season. Thank you for your prayer and backing throughout the year. Here’s to forevermore!” www.clevedonymca.com
Join us this advent.
Frontier Youth Trust is a home for pioneer youth workers. As part of our shared rhythm of life we have invited pioneers from within our community to contribute a reflection about a character from the nativity story. We will be posting these reflections throughout advent.
We invite you to journey with us and discover the story afresh.