Vine Community Church: Christmas Child

Have you heard of Operation Christmas Child? As I write this my wife and I have just been out delivering flatpack shoeboxes in Littleport to households who’ve requested them – to be filled with Christmas gifts for needy children around the world. “The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way… to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.” Over the last 30 years more than 186 million children in over 160 countries have been given a Christmas treat – a surprise shoebox filled with goodies. Toys, school supplies, hygiene items that show someone far away has been thought of and valued.
This year the number of people in Littleport taking part in Operation Christmas Child has increased. We’ve all struggled in one way or another this past difficult year, yet we know there are others who face even greater challenges in their daily lives. The message of the angels at the first Christmas came to those who were waiting for better times, waiting for a Saviour. “Do not be afraid, for 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 swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” A Saviour for you and for me.
Jesus, the Christmas Child, was born in humble circumstances into a loving family. He grew up taking part in the ordinary things of life, learning a trade. Every child is special, but there was something extra-special, one-of-a-kind about this Child. Jesus the Man was revealed to be the Son of God – through his deeds of kindness, his power to rescue, his mercy shown to those who knew they were sinful, his forgiveness and offer of a fresh start, peace of mind, a healed heart, a new life to live, his invitation to be with him in heaven for ever.
The Christmas Child makes all the difference in the world. When I asked Jesus Christ to take over my life I had no idea what an adventure it could be. Often full of happiness, sometimes a difficult path to tread, always his companionship. I started by just asking him to come into my life, and he did. The first Christmas I really believed, I knew I had peace in my heart. “I give you my peace” says Jesus, “not as the world gives… don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.” That’s the good news we share and celebrate with each other in our homes and families, churches and communities. Our carol service at The Vine Community Church is on Sunday 19th December at 10.30am. We’d love to meet you.
May God bless you and all your loved ones this Christmas and always.
Ian Silk

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