Monthly Reflection – December 2013
Good evening to you all; I hope this month’s reflection finds you all well. Just to let you all know that after Friday afternoon this week I will be off for the entire Christmas period returning to work on a night shift on the 30th December. Also the C.P.A. HQ office will be closed from tomorrow till the New Year.
I have been contacted by the Watford New Hope Trust to thank the Branch and Friends of C.P.A. for providing six sleeping bags for their appeal to help the homeless in Watford- So thanks again to those who donated.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.”
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Before you read this can I ask that you make sure you have seen the ‘John Lewis’ Christmas advertisement -it is on Youtube- Please take a moment or two to watch the video and then read on!
A Christmas to remember?
We all have memories of Christmas- some better than other for some of us I would imagine- I fondly remember Christmas as a child as busy, hectic time with family and friends- With two younger brothers it was always a bit chaotic on Christmas morning with the wrapping paper flying (Which has continued with our own Children!) And if I am honest the customary pre-Christmas present hunts which lead to us finding our Lego and the wait for Christmas dinner to be prepared by our parents!
Bond Films, E.T. listening to the Queen- all memories of Christmas from years gone by! I always saw Christmas when I was younger as a time for family and for the odd trip to church because ‘that is what you do at Christmas’. I would attend the Midnight service on Christmas Eve with my mum because it was a ‘nice service’ and not because of any real belief in God or in the true message of Christmas- I couldn’t see Christmas for what it really was!
I have since learnt that Christmas is about so much more than- the tree, the dinner, the Presents, the films, the Queens Christmas message or the ‘nice candle lit service’. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ a Saviour for all men who is wonderfully described in the passage of scripture above as – ‘Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace’.
It was the beginning of a blameless life that was sacrificed on the cross to pay for my sin- for all sin. It was indeed good news of great joy that was for all the people of the world that the Angel proclaimed on that first Christmas night! Once I knew this I looked at Christmas in a totally different way- it meant and still means so much more to me now I know the Lord.
When you think about the advert that I referenced earlier it is a clear message that just as the bear slept through Christmas in the past many people ‘sleep walk’ through Christmas every year and never actually see it for what it is!
My hope for everyone one is that just as the Rabbit in the advert helped the Bear to experience Christmas for the first time that we can take the real message of Christmas to our Friends, Family and into the Police service- opening their eyes to the really reason for the season. That Christ was born at Christmas to bring Gods Love and forgiveness into the world, that no matter the problem, no matter what has gone before that Jesus can make that change in someone’s life and that that is the real reason to celebrate and remember Christmas! So this year on behalf of Mrs Evs, Small Evs and myself I wish you all a Blessed and Peaceful Christmas and pray that you are able to show those around you the true meaning of Christmas and give them a Christmas they will never forget.
Branch Leader Hertfordshire C.P.A.