Bishop's Comment: Take a moment
8 January 2020 by Bishop David Urquhart

Bishop's Comment: Take a moment

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it’ John 1:1-5


At the start of 2020 and a new decade take a moment to consider this big picture of everything with its essential givenness of all things, the sweep of time from beginning to end, and a light more powerful than darkness.

This may require a new humility and a deeper trust in the purposes of God.

Parish by parish, church by church, community by community I see people of all kinds responding to the call of the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. As we find ourselves included in the fellowship of his body, born in a stable, nailed to a tree, broken free from a tomb, so we are challenged to greater interdependence locally and globally.

This is a decade for personal and public responsibility in words and action. The planet God made is groaning under the weight of human demand and carelessness.

Take time to read ‘Saying Yes to Life’ by Ruth Valero (SPCK 2020 The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book)

The democratic freedom we have been given is fragmenting under a deluge of derision and disinformation.

Take time to check the facts. See fullfact.org

The gift of language has been used to fuel fear and destroy relationship.

Take time to listen appreciatively in disagreement with the Pastoral Principles for Living Well Together

So may we be transformed and transforming, inspired by the Holy Spirit, with the especial gift of courage, to allow the light of grace and truth to dispel darkness even through you and me.