25 December 2017
The big day is here at last – a time to celebrate because God is with us. He is with us as we share this day with family and friends, in the fun and the food and the giving of presents. He is with us too if today is not such a happy day – if it brings back sad memories or we are spending it alone. Because we know that he came to be with us no matter what: becoming one of us meant sharing both our joys and our sorrows.
Many thanks to all those who have contributed so thoughtfully over the last few weeks to our Advent blog. We have explored some of the different ways in which we listen, watch and wait for God in prayer. I hope the very varied entries have given you some new insights and helped you to prepare prayerfully for Christmas. As Archbishop Justin, who launched the #Godwithus Advent journey, put it:
‘My prayer is that these reflections help you unwrap in your own life God’s gifts of peace, hope and love. May your Christmas journey lead you closer not just to the heart of Christmas, but to the person of Jesus whose birth we celebrate in this wonderful season.’
A very happy Christmas!