In a message for Christmas Day Presbyterian Moderator Dr Roy Patton has said that the challenge of Christmas is to live out the love and hope that the birth of Christ offers, not just at Christmas, but all year round.
Likening today to the first Christmas when he says hope was in short supply, Dr Patton’s thoughts are with those who feel socially isolated, abandoned, frustrated, disconnected, and discontented.
“For too many, hope seems in short supply,” he comments.
“It was no different at the first Christmaswhen Jesus was born. The story of Christmas is of hope being born into a hopeless world.”
And, says the Moderator, the challenge for the Churches and for Christian people is to live out that love and hope, not just at Christmas, but all year round.
“We, of all people, must be people of commitment and hope among all those who live around us, a hope that is truly found in Jesus, the Saviour of the World whose birth we celebrate today.”