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Dear Friends,

I love Christmas. Just imagine how long the winter would seem without Christmas in the middle of it. I love the festivities, the crazy lights people put up on their houses, even the really over the top ones, the busy shops, mulled wine and log fires (you can keep the mince pies though – sorry if you are a mince pie lover). Sure, it all goes a bit too much at times, and can become far too commercial, and so much pressure put on us all.  I especially feel for those who are alone, who have no family, who have gone through loss, who are missing their loved ones.  These things are all highlighted so much at this time of the year.

 

It is always the hope of Christians that at this time of the year that people would truly know what the Apostle John meant when he wrote in His Gospel, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” – John 3.16

In the prayer ministry which I run, I have the privilege of seeing His love outworked in so many ways.  It gives us great joy to see Jesus doing what He did two thousand years ago when He walked the face of the earth; setting people free. So many people have come through our door burdened with the things that life has thrown at them. Sometimes it is years of abuse, bad childhoods, pain and suffering, and then to watch Jesus touching their lives, often through tears, and see the change in them from when they first arrived to when they leave, is so very precious. Sometimes they come with very little faith in God, but after He ministers to them, they realise He is real. When we feel ourselves in such hopeless situations, it is so often then that He comes to give us hope.

This same Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”

I would like to share this lovely poem with you: One night I had a dream...

I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.

I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.

The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.

God Bless you this Christmas time,

 

Jill Gower

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