Saturday, 26 December 2015

Trouble - Advent word for today

In some countries the 26th December is called Boxing Day. This is not because Families are so tired of each other that they are literally 'Boxing' with each other, but it has it's roots in generosity. Servants and tradesmen would receive a "Christmas Box" from their employers on the 26th December, which was a reward for their good work during the year.

I have chosen the word 'Trouble' for today's Christmas word, because soon after his birth, Jesus was greeted with trouble from all sides. Herod was angry that he had a new challenger and so he ordered all the boys under 2 to be killed. This meant that Joseph, Mary and Jesus needed to get away from the trouble that was coming for them. I wonder if Mary had recognised some of this potential strife when she first heard the news of Jesus' birth?

Luke 1:29 - "Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be."

What comforts me is that Jesus understands hardship and trouble, so when I go through tough times, I know that he relates to me 100%. 
As you spend time with your loved ones this Christmas hold onto the promise that Jesus will help us overcome our troubles.
Living in Grace

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