Christmas – it’s all about love actually

As Natalie once memorably said in that famous 2003 film “If you can’t say it at Christmas, when can you, eh?”  Well, she might have been referring to her love for the Prime Minister but surely there is a much greater truth that needs to be shared all year round, but is especially appropriate to dwell on at this particular time of year.

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You see, love did not magically appear out of some primordial soup.  Love is not some evolutionary trick to aid our survival.  Love is summed-up in the Good News: our heavenly Father, who created each one of us and placed us on this planet, did not want to see us destroys ourselves in orgies of violence, debauchery and reckless over-consumption.  No, He saw the mess that we made of the freedom He gifted us and knew the only solution was to send His precious Son.

Jesus Christ left the glorious riches of heaven, where He was worshipped and adored by countless angels.  He willingly chose to enter the darkness of a virgin’s womb, the divine becoming human and being born into the grotty squalor of stable.  You could not make this up.  Our sin problem was so serious but God’s rescue plan was even more audacious – the only way our world could be saved.  Yet the price He paid was everything, a lifetime of sacrifice, humility and toil culminating in the cross.

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That is the real love at the heart of Christmas, which we must never lose sight of and must always be ready to share.

 

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Keep Scotland Beautiful

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In Scotland, sadly, there’s far too much waste:

Sweet wrappers and cans thrown away in haste,

Litter blocking our sewers could cause a flood,

Bottles, condoms, crisp packets caked in mud…

What a mess, what a stress for the litter picker,

Much reason to complain and feel rather bitter,

Especially when you feel that frightful shiver

On seeing a shopping trolley shoved in the river!

 

The cost is clear – at least sixty-five million bucks,

We’d be so much richer if we stopped making mucks.

Think how you feel when after a walk in the park,

You discover shoe covered in that smelly brown mark!

Bag it and bin it – don’t leave disease to fester,

Then no hefty fine will your bank account pester.

 

Can you really afford to cause such a mess?

Would you not rather your neighbours bless?

Just a little action can brighten up your community,

Look past the problem to see your opportunity…

Each item recycled or put in its place,

Saves another day for our human race!

Wise use of resources is plain common sense,

Sticking to nature’s cycles our best defence.

Welcome visitors, tourists with clean, spotless views,

Show-off our land’s bounty in its sparkling hues.

So whether crunching down cans, or putting poop in the bin,

When we “Keep Scotland Beautiful” everyone will win!