Christmas message from Murray Smith 

Pastor, Bridges Church 

I’ve noticed Cambridge’s once relaxed pace gradually succumb over years, to the bustle of busyness –  a reality particularly evident at Christmas time when things become anything but simple.

Christmas ‘lists’ include racing kids to final school activities, putting up decorations, shopping expeditions and carpark wars, buying and preparing food, wrapping presents, entertaining family and friends, making calls, visiting loved ones, getting the car sorted, planning holidays, consuming more than we need, maxing out credit cards…oh, and trying to remember – “what have I forgotten?”

Good question. Forgotten is the profound simplicity of the very first Christmas… Mary giving birth to Jesus, the Saviour we so need; this King born in a stable, not a palace. Angels first announcing the good news of Christ the King’s arrival to Shepherds, the most ordinary folk of the day – they, with wise men sought and found this child whose life perfectly and completely revealed everything about who God is.

Today this King is still being found by anyone wise enough to look for Him. Remember, distractions aside, Christmas begins with Christ and that simple discovery changes everything. A safe, joy-filled Christmas to you all.

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