Letter from a Churchwarden
By the time most of you read this letter we will be approaching the times of Advent and Christmas. Nowadays Christmas, certainly the secular aspects of it, seem to start much earlier than Advent. The shops have Christmas cards, etc, available as soon as the summer holidays come to an end. One year we even picked up a leaflet giving details of the Christmas and Festive Fayre menus from a local hotel at EASTER!
What do we all think about first when it comes to Christmas?
Presents. Over eating and drinking. Getting together with friends and family. How many Christmas cards to buy? Giving to charity. Helping others. These, I am sure, are all part of our character and what makes us human.
In recent years my own thoughts have often turned to St. John’s Gospel Ch1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ……. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
Aren’t these words wonderful? We don’t have a God who is a remote entity who sticks his finger in the ‘human pie’ from time to time. We have a God who shared our humanity. He came here to Earth as a human being. He didn’t come as a fully grown adult (which he could have done easily) but as a helpless baby. He came to share and experience at first hand all aspects of what it means to be human. He grew up experiencing babyhood, childhood, adolescence as well as adulthood. He was sad, happy, joyful, compassionate, angry, and pleased at different times. He was educated as a child growing up. He was part of a family and shared all their experiences throughout his time with them.
At Christmas we often feel extra compassion for our fellow human beings. Why should this be confined to Christmas? Jesus told us to love one another as we love ourselves. Wouldn’t it be a much better world if we all throughout the world were able to act upon this instruction every day and not just at Christmas?
Let us pray for peace and goodwill this Christmas, and always, with the hope that with God’s help we can make our world a more just and a fairer place for all his people.
Love and best wishes to you all this Christmas, during 2019 and always.