Early start to Christmas season sales

The Rev Arthur Christie'Minister of Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny Churches.
The Rev Arthur Christie'Minister of Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny Churches.
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Entering the co –op in Anstruther a couple of months ago, I was

surprised with what was on sale, but even more so when I visited Sainsbury’s at Leven.

There, nestled in between the bins of fresh Halloween treats, were stacks of boxed Christmas chocolates and stocking fillers.

The Christmas season had begun in October!

Sometimes it seems that the gap between Christmas and the rest of the year is getting shorter.

This eagerness to get a jump on holiday cheer is purely practical from a retailer’s point of view: hasn’t shopping become a pretty substantial part of our Christmas tradition?

Let’s try and hold back the celebrations and keep the hope we have for good things to come.

Ephesians 1:18 says ‘May he (Jesus) enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you’.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by life, so let’s trust beyond our abilities to someone the world has never known to have a heart so pure, a character so flawless. His spiritual hearing was so keen, he never missed a heavenly whisper.

His mercy so abundant, he never missed a chance to forgive.

No lie left his lips, no distraction marred his vision. He touched when others recoiled.

He endured when others quit.

Great to rely on friends but even more so on Jesus, who is the ultimate model for every person … God urges you to fix your eyes upon Jesus.

Heaven invites you to set the lens of your heart on the heart of the Saviour and make him the object of your life.