It’s almost Christmas. My abject failure to send friendly (as opposed to official) cards can now be forgotten – apologies to all who wonder…
Christmas gets terribly wordy. I am all for sermons and addresses that awaken curiosity and tease the imagination, challenging the prejudices and expectations. Or, as excellent comedian Mark Thomas says in his book Extreme Rambling: “Anyone with any taste knows that predictability is the woodworm of joy.” S, I tweeted earlier some brief accounts of Christmas:
- God among us, God with us, God for us.
- Matter matters: the Word became flesh and lived among us.
- God with us: we have seen his face. Painted in the gospels.
- “Redemption rips through the surface of time in the cry of a tiny babe.” (Bruce Cockburn)
- Only the curious get surprised: outsiders like shepherds and Magi…
- The eternal breaks through into time. Time bleeds into eternity.
- Light mugs the darkness. And there is nothing the darkness can do about it.
- Hope looks despair in the eye… and doesn’t blink first.
- Christmas surprises earth with heaven…
- Oh come, all ye faithless…
- God is. God is as he is in Jesus. So, there is hope. (David Jenkins)
That’s just for starters! Happy Christmas!