Bishop's Comment: ​The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight
2 January 2019 by Bishop David Urquhart

Bishop's Comment: ​The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight

A toddler runs along and jumps up not so much for a cuddle as to see if the phone you are using to text or read online news can be requisitioned for his video entertainment.

The energy and curiosity of the youngest of our species is both inspiring and exhausting with or without digital technology.

Of those world changing events at Bethlehem two thousand years ago the poet wrote of the Christ child ‘the hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight’. Can we continue to focus on the hearts and minds changing vulnerable love of the word made flesh?

In receiving and experiencing this grace we will be enabled to make more sense of the hopes and fears of our purpose as persons and peoples. Especially we will build sound foundations for the new generation emerging into a decade of environmental, economic, social and political uncertainty.

The Christian Way is no guarantee of privilege. The UK Foreign Secretary has set up an enquiry into the plight of persecuted Christians world-wide, to be led by the Bishop of Truro.

In this country we pride ourselves on our long-standing freedoms, rule of law, parliamentary democracy, religious liberty. We have also enjoyed untold riches, if unevenly shared.

Let us not squander such treasures on inward-looking, selfish concerns. With the demands of that hopeful Christmas toddler running towards us, we can give glory to the new born King with confidence in New Year 2019.

‘He has told you human beings what is good: and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God’ (Micah 6:8)