When I was a vicar I had a competition with myself to get a Bruce Cockburn lyric into every Christmas sermon. I never failed.

I wish I was well-read enough to quote clever literary giants and ancient saints – which some seem to manage effortlessly. But, I will stick with Saint Bruce for this year again, wishing all readers of this blog a very happy celebration of the Incarnation and a new year that will bring much joy amid the usual stuff of life:

Like a stone on the surface of a still river, driving the ripples on for ever, redemption rips through the surface of time in the cry of a tiny babe.