Batteries not included

As well as being the title of an old Disney film, this is also the shorthand description of many a child’s disappointment on Christmas morning. Out of the box comes the exciting toy with flashing lights and a range of sound effects – but it is silent on account of having no batteries. Alternatively it has a couple of rather cheaper batteries ready supplied which run out by the time Boxing Day comes around.

Christmas can be a profoundly disappointing experience for some. Once the presents are unwrapped, the crackers pulled, the food consumed – it all feels as useless and empty as a toy with dead batteries.

In Jesus God gives a gift which never runs out or stops working.

As you can see – I was fortunate enough to obtain some seriously big batteries from Duracell – but you can make the point just as easily with ordinary ones!