Reflections: Rev David Paton

The Rev David Paton of Largo Baptist Church.
The Rev David Paton of Largo Baptist Church.

HOW do you send your Christmas greetings?

I don’t know about you but, for the majority of us, this week is quite likely to be the week we will send out most of our Christmas cards.

It’s good at any time to receive a communication to say we are being remembered, so to receive a Christmas card is very welcome.

We will, of course, have sent some Christmas cards early by post, particularly if they are heading to our family and friends abroad, but I suppose we don’t need to panic as, in this age of instant computer communication from any part of the world, we are also able to receive cards sent by email to our computers or mobile phones.

However, perhaps the best way to share a Christmas greeting is to do so face to face. And so, for some of us this Christmas, we may get a welcome surprise as a friend or a loved one turns up unexpectedly in person to celebrate Christmas with us.

But thinking back to that first Christmas, it wasn’t a Christmas card or a Christmas email greeting that arrived. No, it was Jesus himself, the Son of God.

Although some folk had been waiting and looking for him for a long time, for many he turned up unexpectedly as a baby in that stable in Bethlehem.

For we remember at Christmas that God the Father sent to us the gift of his only Son and effectively said to us: “Good news – it’s for you!”

My prayer this Christmas is that we would all acknowledge God’s special way of sending his greeting to us in Jesus, that we would accept Jesus into our lives as our Lord and Saviour – and that one day, we too will see him face to face and be able to thank him personally for his amazing Christmas gift to us.

May God bless you and your family.

The Rev David Paton, of Largo Baptist Church, writes in the East Fife Mail.