The sun was raising as I cycled to church Christmas morning. The stillness of the morning filled with the anticipation of the day that was to unfold.
The bells were ringing and the light from the church added to the wonder and beauty of Christmas morning.
It was a pause a beautiful reminder of the importance of Christmas Day.
The moment was short lived as Christmas day progressed my nephew ripped into parcel after parcel. Unwrapping Star Wars figures, dead .storm trooper outfits and neff guns. Soon the day was filled with the sound of electronic gun fire; accompanied sounds effects made by an over excited six year old.
It was almost impossible to cast my mind back to the morning and that sense of peace and hope.
Star Wars theme continued into Boxing Day; a trip to the cinema to see Star Wars “Rouge One” heavy violence and constant battles throughout film leave thousands dead.
Deeply moved and upset best describes how I felt at the end of the film. Moved by the story of love and hope but so upset to see our precious children are being desensitised to violence at such a young age. Trying to understand why a parent takes a child of 6 to see a film with a rating of 12A ? and why did my 6-year-old nephew spend Christmas Day pretending to kill his family?
If you asked my sister why she would say it’s because she loves her son.
Love does not give us what we want, love teaches us, guides us and allows us to trust and believe, love comes from God.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” -1 John 4:7-12