As we enter the Season of Advent there is a sense of hope and joy that journeys with us.
Along with these expectations there is also one of uncertainty. We are never quite sure how the mystery of the incarnation will present itself and we are always surprised when it does.
So much preparation goes into getting ready that it is very easy to miss the moment itself when God manifests Himself in the vulnerable and homeless child of Bethlehem.
Everyone involved in the Nativity story has been on a journey and with Christ's birth a new one begins for all humanity.
It is not just new journeys that await as we seek to follow in Christ's footsteps but also the 'fresh start' of a New Year.
For many the uncertainty returns as we look out into the unknown often with a little trepidation as to what might lie ahead.
I always draw strength, hope and often joy from the following words:
"Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown!"
And he replied: "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."
(The Desert 1908, Minnie Louise Haskins 1876 - 1957. This poem was quoted by King George 6th, Christmas 1939).
May the joy of the Angels, the wonder of the Shepherds and the peace of the Christ Child fill your hearts and minds this Christmas and continue to do so as we journey together in the year ahead.
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