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The light of God's love

I grew up in a small village in East Yorkshire. When the Christmas season arrived, I loved to walk around the village after darkness had fallen, to gaze in wonder at the Christmas lights displayed outside many homes. In recent years have done so on occasions with my own grandchildren (and I have probably enjoyed it at least as much as they have!)

There is something very powerful about the image of light piercing the darkness. Somehow light can be a sign of hope and comfort. I am reminded of the words of the Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, who looked forward to a time when One would come to restore hope to the world: "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned."

The true message of Christmas is (as the angel announced to the shepherds) one of "Great joy for all people." We may think that the world around can seem like a very dark place at times, but the good news is that the light of God's love still shines. Our local churches will warmly welcome you to their special Christmas services if you want to find out more.

Steve Clark
Glenfield Methodist Church

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