|Posted by trinityromford on December 26, 2010 at 2:00 PM|
From our Minister, Rev. Armstrong Fummey
Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian writer, tells a story of the time he was walking down the street and passed by a beggar who asked him for money. Tolstoy reached in his pocket to give the beggar some money but his pocket was empty. According to Tolstoy, he turned to the man and said, “I’m sorry, my brother, but I have nothing to give.” Immediately the beggar brightened and said, “You have given me more than I asked for – you have called me brother.”
Christmas is approaching and we shall soon start making plans (or are already making plans) of how to spend it. I hope this story will remind us of what the season of Christmas is all about – the day love came down from heaven. Jesus, the Son of God came down to earth to be like one of us and He call us ‘brothers and sisters.’
As Christians, we are called to follow the footsteps of our Lord. He commands us to love one another as He loves us. So, if we can make some one feel like ‘a brother or a sister’ this Christmas, it will be a great achievement and we can truly say that we’ve had a happy Christmas and the good news is that it will cost us nothing. There are many people starving for love in our communities and even in our Churches today. To such people a word of affection can be a feast. Undoubtedly, I know that at Romford Trinity Methodist Church, we are good at making people feel they are loved and cared for. This aspect of our ministry is quite enviable and we give thanks to God for all that we are in Him. But let us not be complacent. We can still do more because whatever we do, there will always be room to do better.
As this is the last issue of the Newsletter before Christmas, I take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. May the birth of the Christ child renew us in our faith and increase our hope in Him.
God bless you all,