NEWS LETTER   Jan 2021:-

Message from Janet.

Well we have finally managed to leave 2020 behind and good riddance to it. Normally at this time I might be looking back over the year and considering what went well and what we can learn. I'm not going to spend any more time than is strictly necessary thinking about it. Its time to move forward.

2021 has not started especially well, we're still very restricted and Covid-19 is not yet under contrtol. BUT, with the vaccination programme and people being sensible, we can see a little light at the end of this long, long tunnel.

Which brings me to a very Christian virtue- HOPE. When you think about it, what could be more hopeful than our Christmas miracle, we celebrate the birth of a baby to a poor family more than 2000 years ago. He should in normal circumstances have made no impact on the world outside his family circle, have been forgotten within fifty years of his death. But these were not normal circumstances and he was no ordinary person. 

He was God in human form and he came to give us the chance to be saved from our own failures and mistakes and live lives full of love and truth.

January begins with Epiphany, the arrival of the wise men- strangers who hadn't been included in God's plan up to now. Their part in the story is important because, from now on, God's mercy and the promise of salvation is thrown open to everbody, not just the children of Israel who had been God's favoured people before Jesus arrived. All we need to do is have faith and follow. The next part of the story sees Joseph take Mary and Jesus into Egypt to live as refugees from Herod's cruelty. They stayed there until he died so Jesus must have understood the feeling of living apart from loved ones and his community. The month ends with his presentation in the Temple and the prophets Simeon and Anna who recognised the child as the Saviour but also saw that difficult times were ahead as Jesus upset the comfortable lives of those in authority.

In the story of Jesus' early life problems and complications are never far away from the joyous excitement of God made man. I find this reassuring. No matter how difficult things are for us right now, Jesus knows and understands. He's been there and has overcome the pain, the problems and even death. He promissed to be with us to the end of the age and then come again in glory. There is no greater hope than in him. So let's keep our heads up, do the wise and generous thing by helping stop the spread of this horrible virus, and walk in the light of Christ.

God bless