In his Christmas Message, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Right Reverend Dr William Henry, who is minister of Maze Presbyterian Church near Lisburn, has encouraged us to remember that what the angels announced to the shepherds, that first Christmas night, was ‘good news of great joy for ALL people’ (Luke 2:10).
The local minister writes that while the TV ads may portray Christmas as being for ‘happy people’, ignoring those who may be struggling to find joy at this time of year, “the news of the coming of the Saviour was for everyone, not just a few, but everyone who, regardless of their circumstances, recognises that they need a deliverer. News, for once, to enjoy!”
Throughout his year in office Dr Henry said he has been “encouraging folks to ‘Enjoy God’, and to help others in practical ways to enjoy Him.”
Recalling a visit to one special fun-filled Christmas event for people with a learning disability, he said, “Here I saw the church demonstrating the love and compassion of Jesus, taking time to listen, to help and support, getting alongside others, having fun, and actually doing something that enabled someone else to enjoy God.”