Regular message from the Minister at Almondbury Methodist Church
Message from our Minister - Revd Tim Francis

Dear friends

Christmas is once more approaching and it is that time of year when family traditions can come to the fore. One tradition we had as I was growing up was to read on Christmas Eve the book “Bill Frog to the Rescue”. Basically, Father Christmas has a cold, Christmas is in danger and Bill Frog has to get some of Millie Mole’s special medicine to him. The tradition continued with our daughter but these days the book remains on the shelf, a treasured memory. Last year I decided to start a new tradition for me, to read Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” over the festive season.

In this marvellous tale we see the present, past and future set before Scrooge. His past has created what he is now and he is shown what his future will be if he continues on his present path. As Christmas Day dawns we find Scrooge changing from a mean and selfish person to one who “it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well”.

As we come to celebrate Christmas we recall that it is God who comes to our rescue by becoming flesh and dwelling amongst us in the form of Jesus.

Jesus the word made flesh was there in the past, “in the beginning was the word”, is here with us now “I am with you always” and will be there in the future when he will “wipe away every tear”.

For all of us our past has made us the people we are today. The present lays before us different choices to make and as to the future? Well because of Christmas we can all look to the future with an imperishable hope:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

May your Christmas be one of happy tradition keeping, new experiences and full of hope, joy, peace and love. May the New Year bring continued opportunities for us all to grow in faith as we travel on with our Lord.

Every blessing

Tim

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