Jesus cured 10 lepers but only one returned to say 'thankyou'. In the story of the Sower, Jesus refers to a minority of people continuing their Christian journey; and in his teaching, Jesus infers that many people will reject him and for the disciples not to be discouraged by this. I am sure many people could give different reasons as to why they do not want to believe in Jesus but it still surprises me as to why people do not even consider the Christian philosophy, given the positive, supportive and loving promises contained therein. And that is even before the theological issues are highlighted.
Positive thinking is such a popular (and worthwhile) thing to do, and at Christmas, I love to sing the words of some of the traditional carols because they contain such positive truths, and yet how many people stop to think about what they sing? From the words quoted below in these traditional carols, I would be prompted to think about their significance and the wonder of God coming to earth to live, love and save.
So these quotes are just a few of my favourites:-
'O holy child of Bethlehem descend to us we pray.
Cast out our sins and enter in, be born in us today....
O come to us abide with us our Lord Emmanuel'
'O ye beneath life's crushing load, whose forms are bending low.....Look now for glad and golden hours come swiftly ....O rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing'
'Mild he lays his glory by....born to raise the sons of earth. Born to give them second birth.....light and life to all he brings......pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel - 'Emmanuel' meaning 'God with us'
Not everyone will celebrate 'God with us' this Christmas but for those who do, may you have a wonderful and blessed celebration.
Happy Christmas from Karina