Christmas greetings from all at LDCF.
I'd like to share with you this short video of parliamentarians from across the political spectrum reading Isaiah chapter 9 - the prophecy of Jesus' birth to share the hope of Christmas. Click here to watch
I’ve just come across this Christmas film – “The Bishop's Wife". The original 1947 version stars Cary Grant and David Niven. The plot concerns an angel who helps a bishop with his problems.
As we enter the final straight in the commercial cacophony and materialistic mayhem that the festive season seems to have become for some people, here's some food for thought in the guise of the Christmas Eve sermon from the film.
"Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.
Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts.
We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.
But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe.
For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one.
And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger.
It’s his birthday we're celebrating. Don't let us ever forget that.
Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in their share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance.
All the shining gifts that make peace on earth."
It seems the film didn’t enjoy box office success. People avoided it as it sounded too religious so the film was renamed ‘Cary and the Bishop’s wife’ which helped improve audience numbers!
The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Robert Nathan.
It was remade in 1996 as The Preacher's Wife starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance.
My prayer this Christmas is that many more people will discover the true meaning of Christmas and find new life in a relationship with Jesus.