The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Dr Ian McNie focused on showing Christ’s love and compassion, especially to those who may find Christmas a particularly lonely time of year.
In his message he said: “Christmas is a time for visiting friends and spending time with our families. Yet for some, Christmas can also be a particularly lonely time, not just for the refugee far from home, or the homeless person living rough on our streets, but for people we may know - those coping with bereavement, an older person living alone next door, or a young person connected to the virtual world, but isolated in the real one.”
“As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember those who don’t know the blessing of companionship, those who feel isolated or forgotten and resolve with love and compassion to act. And as we are reminded of God’s great love for us in sending his Son, may each of us ask ourselves the question, have I become a child of God? For the cradle is a pointer to the cross.”
Rev Dr Ian McNie
Moderator, Presbyterian Church in Ireland