This year the seasons seem to be passing even more rapidly than usual. Many of us have had a busy time for many different reasons, and the long, extremely warm, days of this summer have morphed stealthily into short and now penetratingly cold, dull, days. I’m reminded of a poem I had to learn at school which ends:
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! –
But actually, with the season comes an opportunity to reflect on where we are going while nature rests. We have the chance to think about what we have achieved this year, and where we next want to go. The hope and expectation of Advent and the joy of Christmas – bathed by the Light of the coming of Jesus – reminds us of the part we can increasingly play by knowing and loving our Neighbour. We are fortunate to live in a group of communities where Christmas still holds an important element of celebration of the most wonderful Gift of all, as remote as we can be from commercial razzmatazz.
A reflective Advent and Joyous Christmas and New Year to everybody,
With all blessings