December – January 2020
“May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve” Waiting rooms can often harbour interesting reading material! Flicking through a magazine recently I came across an article on “Christmas sayings that show the true meaning of Christmas”. The saying that particularly caught my eye read, “May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve”. In my mind’s eye I found myself imagining the skies full of angels praising God at the announcement of the birth of the Saviour of the world, just as the shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem had witnessed on that first Christmas. Admittedly, angels were probably not what the writer of the article had in mind when urging readers to search the skies! But those shepherds certainly found there the true meaning of Christmas – God coming to earth to live among us as a tiny wriggling baby, born in a dingy stable. This is a God who doesn’t watch from a distance but who enters into the gritty reality of the life of the world – in all its darkness and its heartbreak as well as its rejoicing. God is here with us. And when another Christmas is past and we step out in January into a new year, we do so with the assurance that God remains with us for all time and not just for Christmas. So search the skies on Christmas Eve and imagine them full of the heavenly host of angels, announcing the Saviour’s birth – because there lies the true meaning of Christmas.
May you know God’s presence and peace this Christmas and in the year to come.
Revd Helen – Your curate.