Christmas meaning something?

Christmas meaning something?

Over the last few weeks appalling images of suffering have been beaming into our homes from Syria. We see innocent people caught in the crossfire of devastating violence. Human ugliness is on full display in this violence and our hope can be drained.

However, at the same time, people from across different faiths and cultures are also responding with compassion and bravery amidst this crisis, offering support to those impacted.

Instead of succumbing to despair we can contribute to this work, reaching out to challenge the narrative of violence and we can actually make a difference.

Each year, across Australian churches, the Ecumenical Christmas Bowl Appeal invites people to contribute money for work in war torn, and developing countries, such as Syria. These funds are used to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives.

On Christmas Day at Richmond Uniting, and in churches across Australia, all financial offerings will go towards this  work of the Christmas Bowl Appeal.

Amidst the consumption driven approach to Christmas that dominates so much of the messaging at Christmas in our society, we are invited into an alternate reality that actually means something and can sustain us.

We are invited to reconnect with the way of compassion and simplicity and generosity that Jesus-Emmanuel (God With Us): the one born in a shed, the one born out of marriage, the one who was a political refugee as a baby, invites us into.  This is the strange, life giving energy of the humble Divine.

Below is a video that gives information about work happening in Syria that we can contribute to.

To find out more go to:
http://www.actforpeace.org.au/christmasbowl

Every blessing as we journey to Christmas.
Sally

Rev Dr Sally Douglas