Christmas is here again, it seems only yesterday that we put the decorations away!
My friends in Siriba, Uganda have no idea what an English Christmas is like. But have we gone right off the rails?
My friends send me emails and despite the cost, often phone me with their Christmas greetings. It means so much to them that we are happy at this very special time. For them, family unity is paramount. They hear that I have been Christmas shopping and have sent them basic clothes for their little children; the excitement is unbelieveable!
Yet here, many of our large stores, run by "pillars of society” have been selling Christmas extravaganza since September, so that we, should we choose, can get into the modern spirit!!!
In remote parts of Uganda, and indeed many other parts of this troubled world, there will be no glitter or extravagance. There will be the simplest of presents, if any at all. Not surprisingly, as last week and the week before, churches will be full. There is no English Heritage to fix the roof, it just gets done by the congregation!
To these people it is wonderful for them to know that Christ Jesus was born in a stable and died on the cross to redeem mankind, to save us all from our sins because of His love for us.
Have we forgotten this as we remember supermarkets full of glitter in September? Think of our friends at the vocational training centre, Siriba, Kiryadongo District.
Let us pray that the real spirit of Christmas can fully unite us.