Auckland church leaders Christmas message

Sharing Some Thoughts on Jesus Christ

rn7e44urunaztieupztgqgyhiq Auckland church leaders Christmas message: Christmas in the Rough
21 Dec, 2019 5:00am
7 minutes to read

The depth of emotions is magnified in the Christmas season. Photo / Michael Cunningham
NZ Herald

The Christmas season can be a great magnifier. While it magnifies what is good, it also magnifies the pain.

It’s been a tough and distressing year in Aotearoa New Zealand: the horrific terrorist shootings in March, the “once-in-a-hundred-year” storms, the ongoing fear of environmental changes and the recent eruption on Whakaari White Island.

Add to this the alienation and rejection many in our society feel because they are homeless or refugees. Some experience the dysfunction of relationships; others the pain of loneliness and an empty chair. The depth of such emotions is magnified in the Christmas season.

Yet Christmas is a time when we hear carols like Joy to the World. We pause…

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