Christmas Blessings

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2013 has been an interesting year.  Starting with our trip to India in January, my first trip back since 1973 and Alison’s first trip ever, we have been catapulted into a journey to return full-time.  While there, our stop at Rehoboth in Thrissur was a very brief encounter, just two hours, but started us thinking about going back.  I had a wonderful opportunity to spend four weeks in May and June to get to know everyone at Rehoboth which confirmed our calling.  Then came the point where we realized the process was going to be longer and slower than anticipated with getting our visas.  God has been good to provide for our needs through employment in the meantime.  We continue to wait for his timing in going to India.

The Christmas Star has always been an important image for me.  As a child in Kerala I remember making tissue paper stars on a bamboo frame, then hanging them on the front veranda with a candle inside.  Groups would come by and sing Christmas carols with an array of lighted objects like the star on poles.  In our visit to Kerala in January our home-stay in Fort Kochi had their star still hanging and lit, and we enjoyed a wonderful service at the church on Epiphany.

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Epiphany means “appearing” and we think of the star that appeared and led the Magi to Bethlehem.  It signifies that God’s light has come to us in the person of Jesus.  I was noticing the Scripture below speaks of the grace given to us that brings the light into our darkness.  And here in this verse I read that this grace was from the beginning of time.  Wow!  What a marvellous gift.

This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.  I Timothy 2:9-10

I made a short video clip to wish everyone at RIS (Rehoboth International School) a Merry Christmas.  Enjoy.

John

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