Canon Mark Soady in his Christmas message reminds us that until the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ comes again we will not have real peace in the world.
” This year we marked the centenary of the great Battle of Mons that toke so many lives from this corner of the Kingdom, part of the War that was to end all wars, yet here we are at the end 0f 2015 still putting down conflicts.
As we sing this Christmastide ‘Away in a Manger, no crib for a bed’… let us remember that history is so tragically repeating itself 2,000 years later as the conflict in Syria has resulted in many babies and their families having to flee their homes and have no where to lay their heads. For remember at the heart of the Christmas story is a refugee family (Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus) fleeing from a tyrannical ruler (King Herod).
This Autumn the Anglican Churches in Abergavenny through Embrace the Middle East purchased 67 mattresses for those refugees currently living in Lebanon – a small drop in the ocean of the 1.1 million Syrian refugees now in that country.
So as we give thanks for the coming of Christ 2,000 years ago let us pray he will come again and then all people will know true peace in their lives. Meanwhile as we celebrate this Christmas let us commit to doing our little bit to bring peace where there is hatred and shine a ray of happiness in to the dark corners of the world.
Have a blessed Christmas!