Dear Minster and Friends,
I’m sure I will not be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas, but I do hope I will not be the last.
May I share with you the first few lines of a Puritan prayer.
My Dear Lord
I wholly depend upon thee,
Wean me from all other dependencies.
Thou are my all, thou dost overrule all and delight in me.
Thou art the foundation of goodness, how can I distrust Thee?
(Valley of Vision: Love-rest in God)
At the very moment of celebration, of opening the much longed for presents, and enjoying the excesses of the season, we may be touched by a small sense of regret, of emptiness. This is also instructive – it is our soul reminding our emotions that there is more to life, we are being ‘weaned off our dependencies’ much like a small child moves on from milk to solid food, without ever feeling like there was anything wrong in the mother’s milk. After their fill, they are still hungry for more.
And this Christmas, after eating and celebrating, do not be surprised if you end up still with a feeling of hunger in your soul. This hunger is pointing you to Christ- the focus of the Magi, the one illumines by the star and celebrated by angels.
In Him, we are truly free. May you find a refuge and a rest in Him today.
With much love,