Social Media is a great way of sharing your news with friends and family.
Whether you facetime, message, tweet or send an email, your news – good or bad, expected or unexpected – is received by your closest friends within seconds of it being sent. News travels but bad news or gossip moves with the speed of a guided missile: it’s the sort of thing that people rather like (even if they’d never admit it).
Mary’s news was unexpected and, at least on a human level, unwelcome to some. Things would not have been easy for her in Nazareth with all the doubt about the father of the child. After all, who is really going to believe her story? According to some she’s just a teenage peasant girl who’s made a big mistake.
Uncertain times are nothing new. The events and message of Christmas speak into human need and hopes in exactly the same way in 2017 as they always have. We are not alone nor have we been abandoned to fight on in the darkness without support:
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2: 10 – 11)
If we look beyond the tree, the tinsel and the turkey, we will find that same message of love and hope that the shepherds saw and Joseph and Mary encountered. We too can enter into and become part of this timeless, precious and personal story.
Every blessing this Christmas and for 2018