Especially unselfish

The wishes of children show us what Christmas is really about, writes Rev’d Canon Katrina Scott - and the power to make their wishes a reality is within us all.

A number of years ago, one of our national newspapers carried out a survey around Christmas time. They asked over 400 children from differing backgrounds what their biggest wish for the world would be at Christmas time.

By far the largest number replied, ‘For everyone to be happy.’ Close behind it were ‘Fighting and war to stop’, ‘Everyone to have enough food’, and ‘No more accidents or disasters’.

One boy suggested ‘For people to give their balls back when they land in their garden’.

I really sympathise with the last boy - I used to hate going round to the neighbours’ and having to ask for my ball back, again!

All of the answers - except, perhaps, for that last one - were exceptionally generous and unselfish. They really connect with what Christmas is all about.

This season, leading up to Christmas Day, will be for many of us a busy, but hopefully happy time. December is often full of parties, good food, shopping, wrapping, receiving cards and meeting with friends.

This can all be great fun, but it can be pointless if we forget why we are doing it all. The children’s answers above are a reminder of the real, deep meaning of our Christmas celebrations. This is a time for unselfish care, to look to the world around us and to share love.

God came into the world as a baby. In Jesus and throughout his life, God shows us how much he loves us. Jesus lived to help us follow God and change the world. When we recognise God’s amazing love, we can help to transform the world around us.

Just like the children wanted – we can help others to be happy, we can act more peacefully, we can find ways to share food, and we can make a difference when life goes wrong for others.

Celebrations will be happening in churches all around the Cotswolds, and in our services we try to hold together all of these different themes – the birth of Jesus, the people we care for, the communities we live in and the world around us. Do come and join us!

This Christmas, I pray that however or wherever you are celebrating, you may be blessed with a deep sense of God’s love for you.

Happy Advent and Christmas time!


Rev'd Canon Katrina Scott is Rector of 7 Churches at the heart of the Cotswolds (including Cutsdean, Farmcote, Temple Guiting, Guiting Power, Naunton, Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter) and also Area Dean of the North Cotswold Deanery. She has been here since 2015, having previously served in churches in Coventry for 15 years. Katrina loves being a Vicar, and being a wife and a mother too.