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A Message for Christmas 2017 from Redditch's Rev Paul Lawlor

Redditch Editorial 25th Dec, 2017

STRANGELY, the main thing that struck me as I was preparing for Christmas was, Physics.

Please don’t panic, I know that Physics was not everyone’s favourite subject at school.

I was listening to someone speaking about the Big Bang.

The moment that physicists believe happened when everything we encounter now, time, space and all matter was all contained in one place, in a singularity.

Then, boom, a massive explosion.

From that an expansion until we have the Universe we observe today.

But, you cry, what has this to do with Christmas.

Well, from my Christian perspective I see that moment of creation as God holding the entirety of the universe in the palm of His hand.

That same God, who could contain the whole of creation, chose to come to Earth and crammed himself into a manger, in the form of a human baby.

Born, not into palatial circumstances but into a humble family.

Why did God do this?

He did this because He loves us, all of us.

From the wise men to the lowly shepherds.

He Loves us all, not just enough to come and visit, but enough to live with us, walk with us and die for us.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son (John 3.16).

As you share love with those around you this Christmas, do remember that the reason we celebrate is because God, who created everything we encounter, first loved us and still does.

Happy Christmas

Paul Lawlor

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