Last Post

Yes the business of Christmas proper approaches and thus this will be my last mockingbird musing.  I was clearing out some stuff on my computer and found the homily I’d written for a christmas service last year and I will leave part of it with you. Most of the introduction was adapted from Frederick Buechner but right now I cant remember which book. But for better or worse here it is. Thanks to all who have contributed over the last weeks – I have been blessed, humbled,amused and challenged by what I have read here. May the blessing of Christ and all the saints be upon you and your families wherever you celebrate Christmas.  m
So hallowed and Gracious is the time – these lines from the first scene of Hamlet in a sense say it all. Marcellus is walking on the cold battlements of Elsinore speaking to his companions of the time of Jesus Birth – its a hallowed time he says – a holy time – a time in which life grows still like the surface of a river so that we can look down into it and see glimmering in its depths something precious , timeless , other. And also a gracious time – a time we cannot bring about it is a time that comes upon us as grace – as a free and unbidden gift from God as we celebrate his presence amongst us. At Christmas time it is hard for even the unbeliever not to believe in something. Peace on earth , goodwill to men ; a dream of innocence that is good to hold onto even if it is only a dream ; the mystery of being a child ; thepossibility of hope . Do you believe ………  ?

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