Interruptions and Eruptions Advent 3 15 December 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: Interruptions and eruptions. Advent 3, 15th December 2019

There are few interruptions in life as dramatic as a volcanic eruption. Even minor interruptions can change the course of lives; the eruptions on Whakaari / White Island last Monday ended lives. As I write, the recovery operation for the bodies of those left behind is underway. We hope and pray that this will go well and safely; that the all the recovery team will return with the bodies of the loved ones lost. This season of Advent and Christmas is for most a happy and joyful time, but for some it is also a time of sad remembrance. For the families of those affected by the eruption the lead up to Christmas will forever bring back sad memories. There are signs of goodness and hope even in this tragedy. The courage and self-sacrifice of those who carried out rescues. The dedication of those in the emergency services and hospitals who continue to care for those with unimaginable injuries. The courage of survivors who face the task now of rebuilding lives altered beyond recognition. Beyond this tragedy, others also face sad remembrances from the death of loved ones in road crashes, or from illness. Over seventy have died from measles in Samoa. Such burdens could crush us. But a light shines in the darkness, a highway opens in the wilderness. Our Advent hope and promise is that in the birth of Jesus our lives are interrupted by a Saviour who is with us in our darkest moments to lift us into light. Alex Czerwonka

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