Unto us a Child is born
Merry Christmas to you all.
Today is Christmas Day. A day to celebrate the birth of the King, God with us. Unto us a child is born. The message of Jesus’s birth stretches to every corner, every land, every nation. Every person alive needs to have heard of the message of the Messiah. The Prince of Peace has come. God in the flesh to die for man. To be the bridge of Peace, the path to reconciliation with God. The perfect gift, God gave His only Son.
Last Christmas, after Church I went home, knowing that after being in my house for 25 years, that it would be my last one in that house. My house was up for sale. I had a couple of invites but I just wanted to spend it with my dog Bertie, and spend some time in prayer and seek God’s guidance.
It was pretty cold and I had no money for heating. The cold was getting in my bones and although I am accustomed to the northern weather it was uncomfortable.
I put the radio on for a while and listened to a rather charming interview with Bill Kenwright. Bill is a playwright and a movie and theatre producer. He is also the long-standing chairman of Everton Football Club. I did not think that I would enjoy this radio programme but it was on.
I was surprised to hear during the interview that he is a man of faith so I listened in a bit closer. One of his choices of songs to be played was one that I had never heard before, however, it struck me deeply.
I Won’t Be Cold Again
The record that really struck me was by a man I had never heard of or heard any of his records. This one was from 1958, 6 years before I was born. The singer was Robert Earl and the record was ‘I May Never Pass This Way Again.’ I picked up my pen and paper straight away and wrote some of the words down. I was up singing this to the Lord and swaying around my house as though I was right there. The song was about a man, who on his travels ‘shared his faith along the way’ for ‘he may not pass this way again!’
Afterwards as I was praying I was in complete peace. I heard the Holy Spirit tell me that I won’t be cold again. I did have some worries, about what the future held. Where would we go? What will we do?
Well they weren’t worries really any more, as the Lord told me not to worry and took me to the scripture in Matthew 6:25-34. Any time the worry tried to get in again, I rebuked it knowing the promises of God are true.
I felt the connection so strongly, so clearly, that whatever my predicament, no matter where I go, all of those things will change for better or worse. The one thing that will be the constant throughout will be my faith in Christ Jesus, who was born of the virgin Mary, crucified, dead and buried. The third day He rose again and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I tracked down the CD with the track on and ordered it. This Christmas I can look back and look how putting my trust in God has helped me tremendously this year. That what I have done is, “shared my faith along the way and some of them places I may not pass again!”
So as I sit here now, I remember the promise, that I wouldn’t be cold again. As I put another log on the fire, I thank my friend for the privilege of the use of her lovely home in France. I give God the Glory.
I also have some other Good News today to share, my son Benjamin and his wife Abby are expecting their second child in early July. XX
Merry Christmas from me and Bertie
Much love and God Bless