December is upon us again with all the joys of Christmas. However, what is the true meaning of Christmas? Is it the tree with all the presents wrapped underneath, having turkey dinners with our families, sending out Christmas cards to our friends and family or having the most decorated house on our streets?

When we read the Bible it tells us how God loved the world and gave us His only begotten
son Jesus Christ as a present to us, and that’s what Christmas is about.The sacrifice that our Lord made for us is a sacrifice that we should all remember on Christmas day. The lessons learned should focus on making peace and sharing love with ourselves and with others, as well as encouraging this spread of peace and love to strangers. One may ask, where is the peace now, and why is the peaceful majority being pushed aside?

Christmas is a time to speak up for those who sit in silence, afraid to speak, to give them a voice and a platform to rely on that will speak the
truth and nothing but the truth. Whether it means opening the door for another person, or taking in a box of chocolates to someone in hospital this Christmas, you really can make the difference to someone’s life just by caring. How can we as human beings express and extend this same love and hope. During this period we should show love to the less fortunate. There are various charities organizing Christmas dinners and a warm place for the less fortunate and we can volunteer to help such charities. We can all join in doing our bit to show love
and welcome someone less fortunate into our homes this Christmas.

xmas image2During this period there are many pensioners living alone with no families to visit or share Christmas dinner with; why not invite a lonely pensioner into your home or go round theirs for a chat. I challenge anyone reading this to take the mantle to make someone less fortunate happy this Christmas. This is the message of Christmas and the message that we can share among us all. It is powerful and meaningful, and in this case, we should show love even to our enemies if we thoroughly believe in Christmas. If we are searching for a present from our loved ones, then we should remember the underlying meaning of this season. We should stay true to our self and to our faith. 1 John 4:18 says: ‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.’ Love has no boundaries and it can move mountains, mountains we never even knew existed.

We have the ability to change a person’s day just by saying a few words, or doing something for someone as a complete surprise: both of these things has the ability to move mountains, and it’s as easy as that. So start today, or over the Christmas period, and stand by the true definition of what Christmas is all about. So for us and most importantly, for you, make someone happy for this season because you have been loved. John 3:16 says: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.’ This means that we already have and can accept the love from Lord Jesus Christ; this love is an unconditional love. There is no fear in love, and nor should there be. This year, let us view Christmas in a new way and invite the Lord into our homes and our hearts. Merry Christmas to you all and remember tobrighten every corner with love.

Written by Gemma Smith