A Christmas reflection

Christmas Reflection

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha'penny, God Bless YOU!

A wonderful nursery rhyme from a time gone by that is still shared today. It speaks so much with such few words. Something many of my congregation would no doubt wish from my sermons.

It speaks of those of us for whom life is good and plentiful, it speaks to those for whom that is not their experience. It speaks of generosity and speaks right into the challenge of caring for those around us.

The last year or two have presented so many challenges for so many people. However, It has also connected us in ways that we had perhaps never imagined and has shown all of us just how fragile our own positions can be. Any one of us can find ourselves in difficult circumstances, no matter how well we have planned.

Life can be messy. Some suggest that Covid-19, the effects of Brexit and the challenging economy are yet to be fully felt. The good news however is that, in the challenge we get to see some of the best of humanity. We now have a new appreciation for people that may have once been taken for granted. I am thinking of all who really had to continue working during times when many of us had to retreat to stay safe. Shop staff, those who empty our bins, school staff for Key Worker’s children. Food production staff, delivery drivers, take-a-ways, and of course our NHS and blue light services. This list could go on with many more people behind the scenes. Casting our minds back to those bleaker times when we were in full lock-down, it was easy to appreciate those people. To be kind to those people, to clap with deep gratitude.

Now, we are getting back to our busyness, to old routines. As we move into colder months once again, I wonder what it would look like if we were able to continue in kindness, if we were able to remember the lessons we valued during darker times, and became less concerned about what we have, and more concerned about what others need? That for me is what lies at the heart of Christmas. A mindset focused on others.

My faith tells me that God came into the mess of our existence, not to be on a Christmas card (although I am sure He is fine with that) but to dwell in our hearts as an inspiration for good.

In whatever you are doing and whoever you are, please be assured that all of our Churches here in Creech Anglican or otherwise, are thinking of and praying for you this Christmas and for the New Year that lies before you.

So whilst this is no doubt very early indeed. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a ‘kind’ New Year!