Christmas has come and gone and I’m now in this strange doldrum era between Christmas and New Year.
My Christmas memories of 2021 consist of little things. My youngest South African granddaughter (7) secretly made Christmas hats for all her family. She cut and folded paper plates, covered them with silver or gold paper, used her pocket money to buy little Christmas bows and adorned them according the the colour preferences of the recipients.
Mine was magic. It turned me into a unicorn granny – a grannicorn?
I will remember the lovely Zoom call we had with all our children, scattered around the world, from New Zealand to Russia…
and the Christmas message I got from a friend I haven’t seen or had contact with in over five years.
I will remember singing old songs at the tops of our voices while the grandchildren queried the meanings of the lyrics.
Then there are the things I probably won’t forget, even if I try:-, Waking up on Christmas morning with a headache and feeling of nausea and deciding not to risk church in person, packing a couple of Christmas nibbles for a friend and finding one container of Christmas mince crumbles had gone mouldy, scrubbing the burned bits off the gammon because I had allowed the water/wine mix to boil dry.
Good, quirky or unfortunate, these are some of this year’s Christmas memories.
So I would like to give thanks to God for all His blessings. For the family He has given us, for technology, enabling us to video-chat with those far away and receive messages from old friends, for His material gifts, enabling us to cook a special meal and give gifts to each other.
Most of all I would like to give thanks to God for His great gift of Christ. God became man and lived among us. The world will never be the same again, and since I’ve met Him, I will never be the same again.
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger telling the world how bad it was. He came to help. To put the world right again.” (John 3:16-17 MSG)
Lord, all I can say in the face of Your great love is, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Amen