The Rector Writes - December 2017

Christmas is a wonderfully emotional time.

It is an emotional time because we get to spend time with family, often with people that we do not see so much of for the rest of the year.

It is emotional because of all the memories of past Christmases.

It is emotional because of the special things that we do at this time, the songs that we sing and the music that we hear.

A few years back, while I was still working in the City, I was walking out of a carol service with a colleague of mine. He commented on how moving he found singing carols.

I replied that it was the words that I really found moving.

Because, while I love the music of Christmas (and that I get to sing so many carols every year), while I love the mince pies and the stuffing and eating too much, while I love seeing the children acting it out in nativity plays, while I love the holly and the tinsel and the trees, while I love seeing family - while I do love all that, the thing that really excites me - that excites me more and more every year - is the reality behind it all.

That the child in the manger really is the King of the universe, who loved so much that He gave, not a new computer game or a set or toiletries, but Himself.

Now that is something worth being emotional about and really celebrating.

And if you haven’t done so for a while, why not this year unwrap the best Christmas present and have a look at the truth beneath the tinsel. Maybe come along to one of the Christmas services, or have a look at one of the eyewitness accounts in the Bible and have something to properly emotional about this Christmas.