Silent Night, Holy Night
Silence is not something many would associate with Christmas, with all its busyness and pressure. And for those who do, it can be a negative thing, when the silence of loneliness or despair can overwhelm.
But alongside the joyful (and no doubt noisy!) singing of an angelic choir, the Christmas story does have moments of stillness and calm. As in the eye of a storm, God’s entry into this world as a human being creates an oasis in the midst of enemy occupation, grinding poverty, and social strife. The silence of that Holy Night represents the possibility of resting in the love and peace that God makes available to all in Jesus.
You are warmly welcome to any of the services and events run by your local churches this Christmas, whether to join in with a ‘joyful noise’ or take some time out to reflect in quietness. Christ the Saviour is born!
May you know God’s joy and rest in his peace this Christmas and in the coming year.
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton