What a year 2015 has been: commencing with Magna Carta there has been a succession of commemorations; The Battle of Britain; a celebration of the end of World War II, Waterloo – even Agincourt! Then of course we always remember the miracle of Dunkirk. Is there anything that we can learn today from these important historical occasions? In 1940, when this country really thought that at any moment we would be invaded by the Nazis, there was a surge of Christian faith: a universal understanding that we truly needed God’s help if we were to survive as a free nation.

As a nation we have recognized our need for God at these many and difficult times. If God will help a nation that is worried and afraid, how much will He not help us who believe in Him? Jesus did tell us: “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” “Let not your hearts be troubled neither let them be afraid.” In our own lives too Christmas and New Year is a time for looking back as well as looking forward: we remember happy occasions in the past as we plan for new ones ahead. Does Jesus feature at all in these plans of ours? Or are we in danger of omitting Him completely in the midst of all the other things we have to think about? What we ought never to forget is that Christmas came about as a commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ: a time to commemorate the coming into the world of God’s only Son. Bringing with him love and hope for the future.

May you all have a blessed Christmas.

Hugh Grainger