Originally written for the Community Voice column for Scunthorpe Telegraph.
None of us need reminding how hectic life becomes at this time of year or how commercially focused we become. That’s Christmas. An inescapable fact about this festive season however is that it is founded on a story that is tangibly relevant to each of us today.
Whether you are a person of faith or not, the original Christmas story contains characters and situations which are mirrored around each of us. Examine the nativity story and you will find it is built around the vulnerable and needy. An unmarried girl finds herself pregnant, disenfranchised and in love with an aggrieved and confused older man from a backwater town. It seems events conspire to make them homeless, resulting in the unsuccessful search for a decent room in which to to give birth. Even after the child was born family life featured a forced immigration to Egypt to escape a violent regime back home.
Strip away the glitz and glamour of Christmas and you find vulnerable characters in need of love & support, whilst themselves offering hope & purpose to others.
This Christmas, take a look at the many local projects supporting the vulnerable and needy. Will you help? Perhaps you will find something invaluable in return.
Rev Russell Westfield