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Is Christmas Making You Ill?

12.10.17 | by Ray Jones

    Is Christmas Making You Ill?

    That is a recent headline from the London Daily Express. The article goes on to point out that the Christmas season is not only one of the most stressful times of the year; it's also one of the most dangerous times of the year. The article summarized some of the research from Great Britain on Christmas stress and accidents with the following results:

    • Almost 20 percent of people find the experience of hosting guests and preparing for Christmas meals and festivities "completely overwhelming." A third of women feel more stressed throughout December than any other month across the year.
    • Three percent of people suffer an electric shock due to badly wired Christmas lighting and one in 50 fall out of the loft trying to get the tinsel and decorations down.
    • Some 2.6 million people have even fallen off a stool or ladder while hanging up the decorations.
    • A mammoth 700,000 people have been injured in a sale rush, while trying to snag a bargain.

    Russell Atkinson, CEO of Great Britain's National Accident Helpline said, “Unfortunately the festive and winter season can bring with it hazards for your health, from the cold weather and long, dark nights to unsafe electric decorations around the home. As such, we urge people to pause and take steps to keep themselves, their friends and family safe, in order to ensure they have a relaxed and cheerful holiday season.”

    Well, I am all for safety and finding peace in the season, but aren’t you glad when it came to that first Christmas, that God didn’t play it safe? Instead, He left His throne in heaven in the form of His Son and took on human flesh in the greatest rescue mission of all time. So, let us enjoy the meaning and message of the Angel’s declaration recorded in Luke 2:10-11, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

    ALL In Mission Goal… not yet achieved, will you continue to give a bit extra until the end of this month to help us bless our mission partners.

    Surprising Reasons that Guests Return to a Church… a recent twitter survey by Dr. Thom Rainer revealed several surprising reasons that respondents gave as to why they returned to a church:

    • “Someone had an umbrella waiting for me in inclement weather.”
    • “A member actually invited me to lunch.”
    • “The kids area had leaders who were friendly and helpful.”
    • “Someone walked us where we were supposed to go.”
    • “There was genuine friendliness outside of the stand and greet time.”
    • “I loved having the opportunity to speak with the pastor.”
    • “I received a gift at the end of the service.”

    These are simple things, they’re little things that make a big difference. We do many of these so well, let’s remember them and let’s continue to get even better at them because people count to God and we want them here at RBC. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!

    Merry Christmas,

    Bro. Ray