Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people." Luke 2:10


This word has been fulfilled. All over the world, in possibly every country, people celebrate with great joy at Christmas time. Even the unbeliever celebrates!

Think about it, there is nothing quite like it in our yearly calendar; nothing that brings warmth and happiness like Christmas. The season of good will where people give generously; where families come together and people generally put aside their differences to celebrate and be together. What happiness Christmas brings! Even as it was predicted by the angels on that starry night in the fields nearby Bethlehem.

As you continue to read through the story of the early Christians you come across this joy again and again.

Acts 8:'So there was great joy in that city.'

Here we have a whole city affected by sheer joy because of the works of God.

On another occasion we read:

Acts 15:31 'And there was great joy throughout the church that day as they read this encouraging message.'

People again are affected by the work of the Holy Spirit in the church. All through the church there was joy.

And so today, for you and I, let us also choose to experience something of that wonderful joy that is given to us, not only at Christmas time but all through the year. Let there be joy in our homes, joy in our streets, joy in our churches and joy in our cities. Let us choose to bring joy to as many as we can. Let us spread it about and share it with others. The greater our own belief the greater our joy, and the more satisfying and fulfilling will that joy be.

Let our hearts truly echo and our lives demonstrate that which the angels sang; 'great joy to all people.'

Matthew 5:16 'In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.'