Christmas message from Jackie Waters-Dewhurst, CEO of LAAT

I’m here in front of the LAAT Advent calendar. Advent is about waiting and that waiting is nearly done!

This year, as the term ends, there are many of us facing more uncertainties than usual. The television, Facebook, newspapers and maybe our own bank balances show us a world where need is on the rise – and yet here we are moving towards Christmas, a time of joy and hope and peace.

And those two positions – one of need and worry, one of joy and hope – can live together side by side, because Christmas isn’t about spending money you haven’t got. It isn’t about having the best…’s about a God loving us so much that he came to earth as a baby in a stable poor and lowly. A God that put aside his power and majesty for a life of hardship so that we would know that there is no suffering that we go through that he hasn’t gone through too and yet he still has the capacity to love.

Knowing that we have that love – God’s love – enables us to move through our lives with hope, no matter what we are going through, taking hope and giving hope to others.

Christmas is a time to share that hope, that love.

Mother Theresa said “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you… It is Christmas every time you smile at your brother (or sister!) and offer him your hand.”

This year lets make that the message of Christmas, that God’s love is in us and around us to be shared in all we do for other people.

And, as we come back to school in January, let’s keep Christmas going.

May I wish you and your families the very best Christmas filled with God’s love and peace and hope.