Christmas Eve 24 December 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: . Christmas Eve, 24th December 2019

Lord, it is night. The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day. What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been done; let it be. The night is dark. Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you. The night is quiet. Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace. The night heralds the dawn. Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilities. In your name we pray. Amen. This beautiful prayer is one of the treasures of our Prayer Book (p184). I could imagine Joseph or Mary breathing the reality of this prayer as they awaited the birth of Jesus in the darkness of a stable after a long day of travelling and searching for accommodation. It is a prayer of surrender to God after exhaustion. It is a prayer of hope for the future. Bringing new life into the world is a great, exhausting labour of love. Our Saviour and Lord, Jesus was born in such a way. We honour Mary, and Joseph and all those who heralded and witnessed and recognised the birth of Jesus as an event of Divine presence. May every human birth be so honoured, every child loved, every new-born herald the dawn of new possibilities.

Alex Czerwonka

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