Our advent journey this year has been less consistent than we anticipated and has certainly taken a different path than originally planned due to the events that we have witnessed in Cumbria.
Since the beginning of December we have seen people around us begin journeys: those affected by flood waters; family members having made difficult, bold and risky decisions packing up their belongings and making a move north.
These journeys serve to remind us of the lines from a familiar account from history:
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census would be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria). And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary,,,”
What followed changed the world for all time and so on this Christmas Eve:
May the joy of the Angels,The eagerness of the shepherds,
The perseverance of the wise men,
The obedience of Joseph and Mary,
And the peace of the Christ child be yours this Christmas.