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In Advent we wait in the dark for the light we trust is coming.
I think that this year, many of us are feeling alone and isolated in our lives and concerns. We worry for our families and our country and for the the future of this fragile earth, our island home.
I suspect it was very much this way when Jesus was born. A small, poor, rural country, occupied by a foreign power, held in contempt for its strange and unsophisticated belief in one God. Who was there to notice or to care about the people of Israel?
But then came the angels and the shepherds. Christmas tells us that God cares and, in fact, cares so much that God has come to live our lives as one with us. Jesus is the human face of God and is right here, right now.
An ancient prayer of praise from the Celtic tradition captures the intimacy of God’s presence with us.
You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart’s eternal spark
You are the door that’s open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
Jesus is with us, right here, right now. May you rejoice in this good news and may you share his light with everyone you meet.