Many of us enjoy watching Christmas movies. Soppy, sweet, nostalgic, warm and loving. I’m all in! They are a real tonic for the soul.

Christmas is of course the central theme of each movie. As well as all the festivities, food, and family preparations, the majority of films also reference ‘The Christmas Spirit’. This refers to acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, compassion, generosity, blessings, love, forgiveness, reconciliation, etc. Hey, sounds a lot like the Bible doesn’t it? Isn’t this actually the way that Jesus told us to live as Christians? And could the Christmas Spirit actually be for us ‘the fruits of the Spirit?’

Christmas is of course all about Jesus and celebrating His birth. I also think it’s a reminder to us all to live our lives the way He taught and modelled for us in His word. Loving well; blessing others; being generous and kind; not holding grudges or harbouring offense; taking care of the poor and needy, etc. The list is endless.

Our world needs so much of this Christmas Spirit, and not just at Christmas, but all year round. This is God’s heart for what the church should be. And we are The Church. We should be reflecting love, His Love, to our communities and those who know nothing of the goodness of God. Christmas every week. Where people are drawn by love. God’s love flowing into and out of us.

Christmas movies show how much people are yearning to be loved and to know that people care. So let’s ponder as we go through the busyness and demands of the season. It’s who we are, how we act, and how we care, and the lives we bless that is of the utmost importance to Jesus. Let’s live our lives today knowing that people will not care about what we know, until they know that we care.

Love indeed came down at Christmas- Jesus.

May the words of this old hymn bring a fresh wave of love cascading over all our hearts and spirits today.

Love came down at Christmas (Christina G. Rossetti)

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, Love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

D MacNeil

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