Sunday, December 20th, 2020
To following in the novel, read chapter 10.
Dear friends, Christmas is nearing quickly, are you ready?
Peter, Susan, Lucy and Mr. & Mrs. Beaver meet Father Christmas; He may look similar to Santa Claus, but he is more acutely like Jesus. He’s dressed in a red fur trimmed coat, long white beard, has a sleigh, and delivers gifts. He does not eat lots of cookies or laugh with a “HoHoHo” like a bowl full of jelly. C.S.Lewis writes this about Father Christmas; “He was so big, and so glad, and so real, that all became quite still. They felt very glad, but also solemn.”
“’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” ~Clement Clarke Moore’
In the Bible we read that John the Baptist, announces Jesus’ coming and prepares the people for His ministry. ~Luke 3:3-4
Father Christmas comes to the children and gives them gifts to use to help conquer the White Witch, to be active participants in Aslan’s return. The gifts were given to each child uniquely and given according to their individual personalities and talents. Just as God, purposely created each human with specific talents to further His Kingdom and for each of us to become the person we were created to be. I love the phrase that is often used in church and in sermons, “using our time and our talents.”
Are you ready for Christmas?
Are you ready for Jesus’ birth?
Both of these are joy filled events and they both require courage. Be courageous in all you do and do it with a heart filled with goodness, gladness, kindness, love and HOPE!
Questions for Reflection:
• Which of Father Christmas’s gifts to the children are you most drawn o? How might that gift match your own gifts and talents, the way God has called you to help bring the good news of God’s love into the world?
— The medicine given to Lucy for healing.
• Why do you think Father Christmas has no gift for Edmund, even for his siblings to hold on to fit him, when later in the novel, he’s redeemed and joins in the fight?
— Edmund needs to repent and be redeemed by Aslan, only then will Edmund be ready to fully understand Narnia and it’s rich history and see his full potential and be reunited with his siblings.