View from the Vicarage (January 2019)
I hope you all had a great Christmas, though it seems like a long time ago now- time flies when we’re having fun! It was lovely to celebrate with so many folk in our churches over the Christmas period. But the Christmas trees and twinkling lights are now away, and daily life has returned to a more regular pattern, though the Christmas Star will stay lit on All Saints Tower until Candelmas on 2nd February when the church’s official season of Christmas comes to an end.
‘Time marches like an ever rolling stream’ in the words of the famous hymn. It is so important to make the most of where we are now- to live fully in the present, a gift to us each day. In January we recall the visit of the three wise men who followed that bright shining star, travelling from faraway lands to find Jesus, bringing their symbolic gifts as they recognised the importance of the new born baby lying in the manger. Then at Candlemas we celebrate Mary and Joseph’s presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Neither the wise men nor those that met the baby Jesus in the Temple knew how important these encounters were, but they lived in that moment and reacted accordingly. It’s so important to live in the present, and share that ‘present’ with those around us, in our families and communities; to make the most of opportunities that come our way; to celebrate together and commiserate together. How blessed we are in our villages - there are so many events going on, as the parish magazine reminds us!
The New Year encourages us to look to new horizons, as we make new resolutions and work to improve ourselves and our way of living. I’m sure 2019 will bring its own challenges, but I pray that you may live God’s gift of the present fully throughout the coming year. Here’s to a great 2019!