Hi all,
 
It’s good to be back from sabbatical. I have been back for a few months now but it has been so wonderful to see so many contributing to the Blog.
 
This is going to continue as we consider the Christmas season. I got a complete shock when my niece told me the other day that Christmas was only 35 days away. 35 days! I couldn’t believe it! Christmas is a time which has mixed emotions for many people. A friend of mine told me a joke the other day, he said;
“Why is Christmas just like any other day at the office? Because you do all the work and the fat guy in the suit gets all the credit.”
 
I hope for you Christmas means a little more than this. I hope you are not as cynical as my friend. I personally try to avoid the commercialism and focus on three things during the Christmas season:

 - Honouring Christ
 - Blessing people around me
 - Being a peacemaker

It seems often that Christmas can be full of debt or arguments and have very little reflection on the coming of Christ. Over the next few weeks you will hopefully get some good advice about how others in our Church try to make Christmas a great season.
 
Hope you enjoy it
 
Every blessing
 
Peter

Peter Brooks, 20/11/2012