Ansley Jottings December 2021

28 Dec 21

Ansley Jottings: Christmas 2021 

I am sure we all remember what a strange Christmas it was last year.   Restrictions shaped the way we lived and communicated with others.  Like many I was thrust into learning how to join Zoom meetings, making all the common errors on my first attempts – searching for the controls, not knowing how to switch the microphone on or off, being too close to the camera, or not having it on at all! 

Fortunately by the time Christmas Day dawned, I had learned enough to join a Zoom meeting set up by my niece who lives in France.  It was very special to be able to join in the chat with her, my two brothers, one in St Albans, the other in New Zealand, nephews in Dorridge, Watford and Stirling plus their families.  

Hopefully this Christmas, if the Corona virus situation allows, everyone will be able to share Christmas celebrations with family and friends.  We do need to remember in our thoughts and prayers people who may find the Christmas season particularly stressful, perhaps because they will be alone and lonely, in difficult circumstances, sick or in mourning for the loss of a loved one at this time of year.  We pray that they may find comfort in the assurance of God’s love for them.  One of the titles given to Jesus is Emmanuel, meaning, God with us. 

The Church of England has produced resources under the title, ‘At the Heart of Christmas,’ inviting everyone to discover or rediscover the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus.  The reflections start on Christmas Eve and continue daily until 6th January.  They are based on readings from the Gospels of Luke and John.  Twelve contributors share what lies close to the heart of Christmas for them, through a mixture of personal story, Bible reading, reflection and questions to ponder.  They challenge each of us to ponder in our hearts, as Mary did, what the extraordinary events of the first Christmas might mean for us now and in the years ahead.                                           D.K.

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