Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Luke 2: 8 – 12
Horae ad usum Parisiensem [Grandes Heures de Jean de Berry].
As I am preparing to write my Advent reflection for this booklet I am filled with such conflicting emotions; fear, frustration, hope. How do we write about celebrating Christ’s birth when we know of the hardships and horrors assaulting children in our world? Through the media we are constantly aware of many horrific events. Starvation brought on by drought in Africa, lack of accessible aid, the constant bombing of Aleppo, and treacherous journeys from war-torn homelands to unwelcoming countries and refugee camps are realities for far too many children.
For so many of us the news of the impending birth of a child brings such joy and celebration.
The words of the angel appearing to the shepherds are words of great comfort, “Do not be afraid; for
see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people”.
The lyrics from a well-loved song written by Jester Hairston and made popular by Boney M further illustrate the themes of Advent we hold up; Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
“Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ,
was born on Christmas Day.
And man will live for evermore,
because of Christmas Day.”
For a moment the world was aglow, all the bells rang out there were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted, “let everyone know: there is hope for all to find peace”.
- Lynne Samways-Hiltz