Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Greetings

As I have internet access in Abingdon Public Library (which is shortly to close for the Christmas break)  I am able to chirp out a very happy Christmas to all my loyal blog readers. This is the time for marvelling at the miracle as God identified with us at the fullest - the Word made flesh.  Unbelievable!  Max Lucado summed it up:
He who was larger than the universe became an embryo...God was given eyebrows, elbows, two kidneys and a spleen.  He stretched against the walls and floated in the amniotic fluids of his mother.
All this so that God could identify with us while revealing the truth about who the Father is, and by Jesus' dying and rising make it possible for us to live truly as humans in eternal fellowship with God.  We should never get over this wonder.  Let's celebrate again and again these next few days.

On a personal note - our time in England has the old combination of bad/good news.  The bad is that shortly after arriving I contracted a vicious fever/cold/fluey bug.  The curious expression 'feeling like death warmed up' seems about appropriate.  11 days on I am still struggling and to compound misery Carol has now gone down with it.  Most of our plans have been cancelled....but there is always the New Year!

The good news is that we have benefitted from Christian fellowship in spectacular ways.  Our brief visit to Suffolk was blessed as we stayed with a Christian friend - completely new to me and yet immediately she became a sister.  Even more wonderfully, in our temporary home in Histon another new friend has exceeded all our hopes by giving such support and care making a potentially (very) frustrating time into rich fellowship.  We are truly grateful.  This is the outcome of the Christmas miracle when friends show love like this.

Wherever you are and however you feel may you know the joy of celebrating Christmas.

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