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From the Rectory

Christmas Greetings!

Laurence Houseman, the ‘equally’ celebrated brother of A. E Houseman, wrote the following lines about Christmas.

Light looked down and beheld Darkness

‘Thither I will go’ said Light

Peace looked down and beheld War

‘Thither I will go’ said Peace

Love looked down and beheld Hatred

‘Thither I will go’ said Love

So came Light and shone

So came Peace and gave rest

So came Love and brought life

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.

For me, these beautiful lines encapsulate the very essence of the ‘Word made flesh’ and bring the most spiritual of meanings to the truth of Christmas – God is with us.

And that’s sometimes very hard for us mere mortals to experience amongst all the seasonal hype and pressure, the ‘Magic and Sparkle’ (!),the overspending and guilt.

The world distracts us with its lurid, commercial glister and stops us from seeing the Darkness, War and Hatred, that still overshadows God’s creation.

But Light, Peace and Love, did come down that very night – and dwelt among us – and through His Holy Spirit has never left us. But we don’t always realise it.

As Christians, by invitation, we are encouraged to become more Christ-like in the ways that we bring God’s very own light, peace and love to the world we encounter – but we don’t always respond to that invitation as often as we should.

An old French proverb says

‘God often visits us, but most of the time we’re not home’

So perhaps this year, we can do something extra, which exemplifies that God is with us, and we are responding to His invitation. Perhaps there is something we can do that will really make a difference in the midst of all this busyness and frenzy.

God has visited us and continues to do so – so let’s be home and respond to His invitation by actively sharing His Light, Peace and Love in a way that at least one person’s life is enriched as a result.

Then people might truly know that God is with us.

I’ll leave you some words of Evelyn Underhill

“I do hope your Christmas has a little touch of Eternity in amongst the rush and pitter patter and all. It always seems such a mixing of this world and the next –

but that after all is the idea!”

Wishing you all a very happy and holy Christmas

Chris, Thelma and ‘Alfie’