Pastor’s Pen 16th December 2018

Shalom. May you feel the breadth of Gods’ love as the realisation of Christmas and all it heralds sink deeper into your awareness and flow to your actions. 
 
Well, not too far to Christmas. What will your true love give to you? Maybe not 10 Lords a leaping, today I’d suffice with one – his name being Jesus – his leaping for joy as he celebrates the life found in those who follow him.
Christmas reminds me afresh that Jesus will meet us wherever we are. Look where he came to! The creator of the universe, the king of Creation, the Prince of Heaven, the purveyor of Grace and Mercy, came to earth… 
Did he come to a flash palace, or a comfortable room; was he born in luxury having his every whim satisfied, wanting for nothing and awash in nice and to us, necessary items?  
No! 
Did he come with powerful, important people pleased to see him (excepting the wise Magi – not really)? Was he courted by world leaders? Was he lavished with the attention of the press and lauded as a celebrity? 
No! 
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him… 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth… 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.  John 1 
 
Jesus came to a stable, laid in a manger, visited by shepherds. He was born into a messy place. That’s why he can cope with our messes. He was persecuted as a child and became a political refugee, fleeing his land of birth. He came back to finish what God called him to. 
To set us free, to give us grace and truth and to help us to see, know and have deep, authentic relationship with God the Father. 
 
He came… because his love compelled him to. May that same love compel you to be his hands and feet.

Bless ya
Pastor Mike