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Iain Gibb
Iain Gibb

‘And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”’ (Matthew 5:2-3)

What kind of Christmas are you looking forward to?

Some folk love to see a white Christmas; many hope for a family Christmas, though sadly there are a lot of lonely people who do not have family.

We talk a lot about a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and certainly I wish this for all the readers of The Falkirk Herald.

I was interested however to read a copy of a letter which began, “I think we’re going to have an exceptionally good Christmas”.

This was written by a man in a Nazi prison cell to his fiancée.

That man, Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was later executed by the Nazis before he could be liberated.

What did he mean? He went on to say: “I used to be very fond of thinking up and buying presents, but now that we have nothing to give, the gift God gave us in the birth of Christ will seem all the more glorious.” His fiancée, Maria, replied: “All that is Christmas originates in heaven and comes from there to us all, to you and me alike, and forms a stronger bond between us than we could ever forge by ourselves.”

I think Bonhoeffer was right. It is only Jesus Christ who can give us a really good Christmas.

Will it be Jesus Christ who makes this Christmas a ‘good’ Christmas for you?

Iain Gibb, Olivet Evangelical Church