“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” Isaiah 52:7, New Living Translation
Like many, we started the year 2012 with a sense of great promise. But as the year comes to a close, we are faced with some uncertainties. We have been warned that challenging economic times are ahead of us, as the world braces itself for a global slowdown. On the home front, we read in the newspapers of dire events that sadden our hearts. And while Orchard Road is famously decorated to celebrate Christmas as the world knows how, the lights, glitter and shopping conceal the emptiness and struggles of many who are looking for true meaning and purpose of life.
More than 2,500 years ago, God gave Isaiah a vision of a news bearer who ran from the scene of the battle across the mountains, bringing battle news to those waiting in the city. The glorious message of this runner is the good news of peace and salvation, a message of sure and steadfast hope because our God reigns!
I believe this IS the message of Christmas. Amidst all the festive celebrations, we must sing this chorus of hope and peace with clarity and urgency. And like the runner in Isaiah’s time, we have been endowed with beautiful feet, and we are called to run to the streets to announce His message of peace, happiness, and salvation to those who are waiting.
Getting the Message Out
Festive seasons are great opportunities to ‘get the message out.’ When it is done creatively, it can help us connect our friends with the good news. Although Christmas has become very commercialized, it is widely embraced by many as a celebrated national holiday. Christmas is an enduring platform for meaningful but non-threatening conversations on why Christians celebrate it.
This year, we have collaborated with Celebrate Christmas in Singapore (CCIS) to produce the enclosed Christmas magazine entitled ‘Christmas (fala)lah!’, to be distributed along Orchard Road from 17 to 23 December 2012. This magazine contains testimonies of individuals who have experienced God’s grace and blessing in their lives.
We will also be printing Chinese New Year red packets with appropriate biblical verses/meaning. We hope that these red packets will creatively communicate aspects of the good news in a meaningful and relevant way.
As we remember the birth of our Savior this Christmas, may we let our beautiful feet do the talking.
Have a Blessed Christmas,
Lam Kok Hiang