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Advent 4 and Good Tidings for Christmas – December 2022

How are you all? Have you managed to steal some moments of peace over the past few weeks to be still, be re-filled and ponder on the wonder of Christmas? It’s a story we are so familiar with, it can be easy to brush over the absolute incredible nature of the incarnation; our Creator God, the One mighty in battle, the God of miracles and to whom angels and cherubim continually bow down in worship, come to earth as a tiny vulnerable baby, in a nondescript town in the Middle East over two thousand years ago. And his birth, death and resurrection changed the course of history. This is truly something worth celebrating!

As I write this, however, I’m acutely aware of how tough this year has been for many and that tinselly Christmas wishes can sound hollow.

So, I pray that whatever your circumstances you might find moments of joy within each day, you might enjoy some delicious treats and some large mugs of steaming tea, you might smile at the twinkly lights which share their sparkle in all of our towns, you might delight in the beautiful world around you and most of all, know you are deeply and unconditionally loved by God.

Happy Christmas to you all!

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭2‬

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭8‬-‭12‬ ‭

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬ ‭

Wells Cathedral in glorious evening light.

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over the earth.” psalm 57:11

A visit to the Bishop’s Palace, Wells. The main table set for dinner. Parties here must have been such fun!
A tunnel of lights.
The Undercroft, Bishop’s Palace. The girls had fun dressing up in here; inspired by the pageant they became medieval warriors and bishops of old.

A visit to Exeter Christmas market before we brought Rhythm Dude home for the holidays. Lanky Dude is also now home, so despite continuing challenges for us all, my heart sings; for this day, for this Christmas I choose joy and will celebrate and be oh so thankful!

2 thoughts on “Advent 4 and Good Tidings for Christmas – December 2022”

  1. This is truly something worth celebrating!- Yes, it is indeed. If you are cold, or feeling you would love a hot meal but don’t have one, or alone, try to find somewhere to be with others and feel the warmth of love. It could change your life.

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