Thought for the month – December 2013

Those summery days of camp seem so long ago now, especially as the nights draw in and Christmas draws near. Even though it’s several months since camp I hope you’ve got lots of good memories from the summer, and you’ve kept up the friendships you made when you were there. More importantly, though, I hope that the things you learnt about God and the Bible have stayed with you and challenged you, encouraged you and helped you in your life as a Christian or made you think about what it means to be a Christian.

The Bible is such an amazing book – like no other book around. It corrects us, encourages us, challenges us and teaches us. Every time you read it there is something new to discover, if you’ll listen to what God is saying to you through it. Sometimes when I read it whole passages jump out at me, sometimes it’s verses, sometimes it’s just a phrase or sentence.

In Luke 24 there’s a beautiful phrase found in the story of the disciples travelling on the road to Emmaus. Verse fifteen says, ‘Jesus, himself, drew near and went with them.’ The disciples must have been so sad and confused as they travelled from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They’d had so much hope resting on Jesus and yet He was dead! As they walked and talked on their journey, the Bible tells us that Jesus came near to them and went with them. I love this. Jesus didn’t just come to them, have a quick chat and go away again. He continued with them until they reached their destination. If we’re Christians Jesus comes near to us and continues with us during our life’s journey and, like He did with the two disciples, He teaches us about Himself as we travel.

As leaders we spend time with you during your week at camp, but we have to leave at the end of the week to go back to what we normally do, just like you do. However, in Hebrews 13 v 5 God says, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ We’re also told in Matthew 1 v 23 that Christ’s birth was prophesied and that one of His names would be ‘Emmanuel’, which means ‘God with us’! This is truly amazing and should really comfort and encourage us.

    The creator of this world
    came down to this world
    to be the Saviour of this world
    to walk with those of us who trust in Him as Lord and Saviour.

Have a lovely Christmas and I look forward to seeing you at the reunion in January.

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