From the desk of the WPWM

December 2016

The wonder of a new baby                      

What excitement the birth of a baby brings! First there is the waiting time then the announcement of the safe arrival of the baby. The whole family rejoices and wants to come and congratulate the happy parents. This is how we felt, when our granddaughter was born. We were away when we heard the good news but were able through the technology of Skype to see the beautiful little baby girl and in that way felt part of the celebrations.

Of course I am aware that this is not how it happens all the time, some births bring their own challenges and complications, and sometimes the new life is not welcomed in the family as it can be seen as a burden, a worry, or a problem for the mother and the family.

More than two thousand years ago, a baby was born, in a foreign town, away from the family. There was no guest room available for them, and the best the parents found was a manger. This baby was special. The announcement of the birth was made by angels to the shepherds, saying: ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ (Luke 2:10-12 NIV)

They decided to check this out and were amazed to see exactly what the angels had told them. I am sure that this experience changed their life as they rejoiced at the good news.

His name is Jesus and through his life, death and resurrection God changed and transformed many lives. He is still doing this today! He has transformed my life and I thank God for sending Jesus into our world.

As we remember this wonderful gift of love from God, I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Commissioner Silvia Cox