Two important events happen this month. Let’s start with Christmas – you will find details of our services throughout the season elsewhere in this magazine and I’d like to invite you to any or all of them.
At the heart of Christmas celebrations is a baby born to a poor family and laid in an animal feeding trough. He is acknowledged around the world as the son of the living God. His lowly birth turned out not to be an unfortunate mistake in an otherwise glittering career, quite the opposite: it turned out to be typical of his life in which he had no home of his own. His natural life ended aged thirty-three, naked and nailed to a wooden cross. You will appreciate that this is a very thin description of the ministry of Jesus Christ but it does show his vulnerability and his profound identification with those he came to serve, especially the poor.
The other important event this month takes place on the 12th when we have an opportunity to vote for the person who will be our next MP. This seems to me to be a particularly important election as the resultant parliament will not only move the Brexit process on one way or another, it also has the opportunity to bring some unity to our nation. I urge everyone to vote so that the new government has a strong mandate to act.
I wonder if the proximity of the 12th to the 25th might inspire all of our candidates and eventual MPs to be Christ like by being vulnerable and identifying with those they aim to serve, especially the poor?
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