Outlook 24
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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From the Rector …
So much meteorological information is at our fingertips; the internet, the television and radio and detailed graphics in the press. Whatever the weather we talk about it, discuss it, compare it, and – in general – moan about it. Too hot, too cold, too damp, too dull, too heavy, too sticky; but rarely brilliant, wonderful, energising, stimulating. In recent times the systems that sustain our quite precious world seem to have conspired to intimidate, frighten and destroy. During my recent holiday abroad, I found myself on the edge of a Mediterranean storm. Being on the edge meant I was being drawn into the beauty of the heavy sky, the startling nature of lightning, a cutting and ferocious wind, and a very stormy sea. But I was on the edge and could only imagine the effect on those caught up in the middle of it. Change and calm For some of our family, friends, neighbours and fellow human beings weather systems mirror and even bear the image of lives battered by storm, relentlessly pushing the boundary of that which might be brilliant, wonderful, energising and stimulating. There is a longing for change and calm. For the Christian, Christmas brings the hope of a way through the storm. The story is a means of challenging our approach to our lives. Is your life too hot, too cold, too damp, too dull, too heavy, too sticky? Perhaps engaging with the birth of Jesus might hold out a hope of a new look, a new way forward – brilliant, wonderful, energising, stimulating. Here is something awesome, loving and different. When you wake up on Christmas morning maybe the sun will be shining and you might just be able to say: ‘Ah, it isn’t this time of year at all.’ I wish you a very happy Christmas – and I hope that it brings the hope you might be looking for. Kevan S McCormack I said, ‘It is most extraordinary weather for this time of year!’ He replied, ‘Ah, it isn’t this time of year at all.’ It isn’t this time of year at all Oliver St John Gogarty 1878-1957