from Reverend Carolyn....
of us are fascinated by a newborn baby. Human life in its beginning is for many of us a beautiful sight. The new royal baby
was the focus for many in this country and across the world. Pictures of Prince George in his christening gown had the air
of history unfolding, a history that somehow felt more hopeful with his arrival, a sign of a future to look forward to with
more optimism than before he came.
Last week another baby stole the show as jockey Tony McCoy cradled his son Archie,
at Towcester racecourse. Sporting his father's racing colours and resting securely in his arms, the baby added something
extra to the historic 4,000th win of his father's racing career. The peaceful child almost outshone the event as he received
his father's kiss amid the clamour of press and camera crews.
As we begin the Christmas season we are
called to remember again a royal birth amidst the rush and excitement of the days ahead. This holy child is familiar to us
but His full meaning still escapes us. Unlike every other birth that has ever been, the birth of Jesus Christ defies our imagination
in its implications for the whole of humanity. For it is surely beyond us to conceive that God, who in the Bible had often
seemed far off, could decide to come among us, not as some great prophet but as a human infant. As He grew to be a man, we
saw God through the eyes of those who walked on the earth with Him. He is called in Scripture "Immanuel" which means
God with us. A King like no earthly ruler, He is Love in all its fragile beauty. He is truly the reason
for this season and for all time.
I hope to see you at one of our celebrations as together we seek to understand
more fully what Christmas means for each and everyone.
With my love and prayers for a very happy Christmas.