‘The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world’. (John 1.9)
As the decorations go up around the town for me one of the focal points are the trees of light organised by the Lions and positioned on the town hall to be seen by all. Each tree is decorated with lights given in memory of loved ones and all the money raised from the trees support various charities. The lights light up the Guildhall square, and mark the beginning of Christmas celebrations in Tavistock.
Tavistock Church will be alight with Christmas trees of various sizes decorated by those who live and work in and around the town.
At Christmas we celebrate light, the light of Jesus who came into the world, our world, born in the most humbling of circumstances
‘In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it’. (John1:4-5)
Christ came into the world born human and yet divine for each and every one of us. This is the message of Christmas, the message that the Shepherds on the hillside received from the angel. The Shepherds bore witness to the blazing light of God’s presence and power as the angel told them; ‘to you is born this day, in the city of David, a saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.’
Throughout Advent and Christmas and in 2018 we look forward to welcoming you into the Churches of our Mission Community as we celebrate Christ’s light in the world, a light that is with us always even though at times we may be challenged. Our Paschal Candle, which is renewed and lit at Easter, is a reminder to us that Christ’s light is with us in the beginning and at our end, the Alpha and Omega, but also each and every day.
May Christ’s light bring you comfort and may his light shine in your hearts.
I take this opportunity to wish you all the joy and good news from the angels this Christmas time.