Wish it could be Christmas every day? - Bishop Stephen’s Christmas message 2016
"Oh I wish it could be Christmas every day” goes the song. To which many may respond: “Be careful what you wish for!”
But what might Christmas each day look like in a world frayed at the edges, fraught with uncertainty and struggle?
Just imagine the everyday opportunity to share time together, offer hospitality, express our appreciation to each other, to remember and pray for those less fortunate, to show our togetherness and celebrate a wonderful event.
And yet the birth of Jesus is more than a wonderful event. It is the supreme act of giving that reminds us of our own humanity, our own vulnerability, of the child that is within us all, full of hope, generosity and anticipation.
Instead of celebrating Christmas once a year, why not put it at the heart of our lives, ministry and mission throughout the year?
That is why I do wish it could be Christmas every day.
So – have a peaceful, blessed and very special time. And let the bells ring out for Christmas!
The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell - Bishop of Chelmsford