Merry Christmas from Derbyshire’s Christian Police Association!
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Christmas is a special time for many of us, but it has special significance for our Christian communities as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
This Christmas Eve many will be getting ready for the celebrations and gift giving that is to follow. For Christians, it’s a time to prepare for the arrival of Jesus Christ, and the celebration of the Virgin Mary.
We spoke to Christine Gdula from Derbyshire Christian Police Association (CPA), to see what Christmas means to her. She said “Knowing the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Christmas Day, for many, stirs love, faith and hope in a brighter future.
“For us, Christmas is a time for celebration and to appreciate another year and what’s to come. Many will start their Christmas Day celebrations at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, or during the important Christmas Day service.
“We appreciate that not everyone celebrates Christmas in the same way, so wish your holiday season to be a time of reflection, joy, and connection with loved ones, no matter how you spend it.
“May the beauty of this season fill your heart with happiness and your home with warmth, regardless of your traditions and beliefs. May you make beautiful memories in whatever way you choose to spend this joyous time.
“Christmas is such a joyful time but can also prove to be a lonely time when we miss those who are no longer with us.
“For many, we are good at putting a smile on our faces and carrying on no matter what befalls us. At this time of year, everywhere we go we see bright Christmas lights, trees decorated and smiles on faces as we prepare for the big day ahead of us. But sometimes, we don’t always feel bright and shiny, and that’s okay.
“We need to be there for each other this Christmas, so please reach out to your friends, colleagues or support services for help if you need it. There are many people out there who want to support you, so please reach out.
“To those who must work on Christmas day - you are in our thoughts. Your devotion and hard work are appreciated, and when your shift ends, may Christmas be filled with true warmth and pleasant memories after all the challenges you face during your day or night. As you are away from your families, we hope they know you are true heroes, caring and safeguarding us, so that everyone else can enjoy their day.
“To our younger generation, you are the countries treasures. May you learn to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Let it be seen as not only a time of exchanging gifts and feasting, but of remembering our spirituality and faith.
“May we all understand what Christmas is about, and why we celebrate this time of year. Some members of our community may not be in the best of health, some going through financial hardship and some finding work challenging. But may we all be joined together to celebrate and look after each other.
“As we face further challenges and embark into the new year, I’d like to share a verse from the bible – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27.
“The magic of Christmas is not in the presents but in the presence. As we celebrate Christmas may His light illuminate your path and His peace fill your heart. No matter what you believe and where your journey is taking you just take this little message with you,
Faith makes all things possible,
Hope makes all things work,
Love makes all things beautiful,
May you have all three this Christmas.
“We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and enjoy your time with loved ones and friends.”