Thoughts for the month:

Advent, Christmas, New Year .....

……….. such a lot to think about. As I write this in November, the sun is shining and the trees are looking lovely in their autumn colours. The leaves are drifting slowly down from our oak tree and from a neighbour’s beech. The green of the lawn is being transformed by the brown of the leaves.

In a couple of weeks’ time it will be Advent and out will come the red Advent candles to soon be joined by the greens and reds of Christmas, the holly with its berries, the Christmas trees and baubles reflecting the lights and for some even the firelight.


And before we know it we will be welcoming 2022 - a New Year – too soon, some will say. January, the month of long dark days. But maybe with the possibility of the white covering of snow or early morning frost to lighten the darkness and certainly with the reality of lengthening days as the weeks draw on.


What a rich and colourful world our God provides for us, our familiar view of our bit of the world transformed week by week by the light – sun, baubles or white frost and snow. The colours we observe appear as they do because of the properties of the light which is illuminating them. Light is also a primary tool for perceiving the world. The light from the sun warms the earth and drives global weather patterns. It initiates the life sustaining process of photosynthesis. Explanations of all of this can get very technical but it doesn’t have to for us to marvel at this central element of God’s creation.


Light - transformational, illuminating, life giving, enabling vision.


It is not for nothing that a familiar image of the baby Jesus shows him with a halo of light around his head. There are many attempts at technical explanations but Jesus made it quite simple “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life”. May we know that light in our own lives and reflect the hope it brings throughout the weeks to come.


God bless.

Val Morrison – Synod Companion