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Bushey and Oxhey Methodist Church

From Our Minister

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness  -  on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2)

This is a time of year when we are acutely aware of the light and the dark. The candles burning for All Saints’ Day; the bright bonfires of 5th November; the Christmas lights adorning our towns and shops, which seem to appear ever earlier each year. All of them standing out in stark contrast to the long, dark winter nights.

As Advent draws near, we need to be even more mindful than usual that we are called to be a people of the light; not people of the bright lights of the Harlequin Centre (or Intu Watford, as I should say), believing our salvation lies in material wealth or expensive Christmas presents. We are people of that light of which the prophet Isaiah wrote, so many years before Jesus’ birth. The light that gives hope, guidance and meaning to the whole of creation. The light that shines in the darkness of the world and will not be extinguished: Jesus Christ, our Lord.

As the days shorten, it is easy for us to believe that this is all a myth and that, inevitably, the darkness will triumph over the light. We see so much evil in the world, so many challenges for our churches and, for many of us, so many difficulties in our own lives. It becomes easy to believe that darkness, evil and death will eventually have the last word.

But this is not true! As spring follows winter, and day follows night, so shall the light of God always triumph over the darkness of despair. This is the essential truth to which the story of Christmas bears witness: however long we may have to wait, however gloomy the night, nothing in heaven or on earth can stop the Christ-child being born in a broken-down stable in Bethlehem. And nothing - not even the darkest night - can overcome the love of God, reaching out to you and to me and to all humanity this Christmas and for ever more.

May Steve and I be the first to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful new year.

With every blessing

Geoffrey Farrar

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