Many of us would be familiar with the passage from Ecclesiastes that talks about the times and seasons in our lives. It begins ‘To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven …’. Time is one of our most precious gifts. Time that we give to others, time that we use to strengthen relationships, time that we use to build our skills and capacities, time that we use to learn and do new things, time that we use to do the mundane but necessary and time to do things that we love and bring joy into our lives. Holidays bring an important time for rest and rejuvenation.
Christmas is a time where we are encouraged to be countercultural, slow down and appreciate the blessings that God has given us in our families, in our vocations, in our friendships and in the beautiful surrounds of the Sunshine Coast. God invites us to pause in front of the manger and say a prayer of thanks to a God who sent his Son so that we might have life. Christmas is a great time to make time to pause and centre.