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A Message from Our Vicar – December 2019

        ‘Working as Christ’s presence within the world’

As I write this we are in the midst of General Election frenzy. The leaders of the main parties have now published their Manifestos and are, of course, making promise upon promise for a brighter future for us all. The approach seems to be just as often one of tearing down the promises of the opposition, as it is of just plain positive campaigning about their own aims and objectives.

And all this as we approach Christmas, the time of peace and goodwill to all, a time when we recall how God chose to come down to earth in the form of Jesus of Nazareth and lived a fully human life.

A manifesto, of course, is a declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government.

I wonder what would have been in God’s manifesto for his time on earth? What would have been his declared intentions and promises?

Would he have declared his intention to live not with the rich and the privileged, but with the most ordinary of families. Would he have promised that he would ensure that he knew what hard work was, even as a child.  After all, nobody could have accused Jesus of not having life experience or not having lived in the real world. For thirty years he lived in obscurity in the tiny village of Nazareth. He would have earned his place in society as a carpenter, following his earthly father’s trade. He would have experienced all the joy and hurt of family life

Would he have declared at the outset that he would be with us for all time, walking alongside us through the good times and the bad? Would he have pledged to hold us close when we are down, to heal us when we are hurting? and would he have promised that place in heaven, a place with him eternally?

God gave very little away before he came to live with us. Maybe it was because he wanted to live in relative obscurity for the majority of his time, to ensure that he really understood our needs.

As the General Election draws ever nearer and we are pressed into making a decision about who to put our faith in, to govern and lead this country, let us not forget to put our trust in God first, and then to and pray that he will be present throughout the process and alongside whoever is voted into this position of enormous responsibility.

Glory to God in the Highest, and peace to His people on earth’

God Bless and a very Happy Christmas




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