A Christmas message from a litigator
Week beginning: 23rd December, 2018 | By Andrew Myers | St Albans
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich."2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV)
For some, Christmas Eve presents the opportunity for some last-minute Christmas shopping, or to start the Christmas festivities. For some litigators who are less full of Christmas cheer, it presents a quite different opportunity: the chance to get a hard-hitting letter off to one's opponent just before he or she starts their Christmas break. As a fellow Christian litigator once put it to me one Christmas – in jest, I should emphasize – "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35)
The proper context for that verse in Acts 20 is, of course, wildly different. It was Jesus who originally said that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Christmas shows Him doing just that. In the words of Frank Houghton's famous hymn, He who was rich beyond all splendour, all for love's sake became poor. He surrendered thrones for a manger, and sapphire-paved courts for a stable floor.
Our legal work is often about creating, asserting and enforcing rights. That might be totally legitimate but, in contrast, Jesus' birth is about surrendering rights, of choosing to become poor so others might become rich.
You work out which is more blessed.
1. May we this Christmas learn the blessing of sacrificial giving to make others rich.
2. May all LCF members be able to rest this Christmas, and take time to reflect on He who for love's sake became poor.