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Welcome to St James Church Brownhills with Ogley Hay

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”             Luke 2 v 10-12

The birth of Jesus is God’s gift to the world. At ‘Experience Christmas’ we asked the children what this meant to them and we had some amazing responses including: excited, joyful, happy, wonderful, ecstatic and friendship.

So why is the birth of Jesus proclaimed as both a gift from God and Good News?

It is because in and through the birth of Jesus, we see God who is perfect, coming into our broken and hurting world to put things right. Our world needs not just hope, but an alternative way of doing things. As an imperfect people we need a perfect saviour to help us and to show us how we can live differently. A perfect saviour who can help us restore broken and hurting relationships, and who lead us into a new and brighter future.

The birth of the Christ Child offers this kind of hope and brighter future. That is why Christmas is such a wonderful and joyous occasion.

But this hope and bright new future can only begin to happen when we welcome the Christ Child into our lives. When we allow Him to teach us and lead us into this new life, through the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus as a gift, like any gift, is only useful when we receive it, unwrap it and use it! What good is the gift of chocolates if they are left in an unopened box?

Welcoming Jesus into our lives is a bit like the story of Roger Hargreaves ‘Mr Wrong’. Everything he did or touched went wrong until the day he met and shared his life with Mr Right. And then bit by bit, day by day he became more and more like Mr Right.

That is the hope to be found in the gift of Jesus this Christmas. When we share our lives with Him then, bit by bit, day by day we become a bit more like Him. And bit by bit, day by day the world becomes a better place for all.

With every blessing for Christmas and the New Year,                         Dave & Sharon Bishop