For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

What is your favourite Christmas movie? Yes, we have come to that time of year when television will be awash with Christmas movie. Most of them are Oh So Predictable! It is almost always snowing, there will be a baby about to be born, presence is more important than presents and it will be about family. Some of these movies are considered classics, while others… well, would have been better off going straight to DVD.

However, one thing that I have discovered is almost all revolve around a very important theme about Christmas. And if we are serious about Christmas and the Christmas message, it is one that we can’t ignore. In almost every Christmas movie there is a family member or friend or such who has been absent for a number of years. The movie then revolves are the struggles that happen in that person and the family in trying to return. I wonder how many of you know the sense of relief and the sense of joy that comes from mending seriously damaged relationship. I believe that the message of Christmas is about restoration. God is wanting to restore us to our rightful place within His family, His kingdom. All of the prophets, the warnings only went so far. Each one of them spoke of the gift of restoration, such as the verse from Isaiah quoted above. But it was the birth of a child that began the final act of restoration for us, no matter how far away from God’s family we may feel. That is the gift that is available to each one of us. And it is available any day of the week, any day of the year.

This Christmas, my prayer is each and every person finds that restoration with God, and family, that we all crave. I pray that you find the sense of joy, and relief the comes from being reconciled; whether it is with God, or with friends or with family.

May God bless you and your family.

Have a happy, safe and holy Christmas

Graham