From the Bishop

Season of waiting 

Dear Sisters and Brothers, 

as Christmas rapidly approaches we find ourselves in this season of waiting once again. Waiting with eager expectation for the angel’s words to the Shepherds, that they might be his words to us:

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 

Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

And then the heavenly song through all generations:

Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace, to those on whom his favour rests.’ (Luke 2)

Our world needs this saviour. We need this saviour. He has come. He reigns in the highest heaven and He brings us peace.

But what is more, is that this season of waiting is also a reminder that we are also waiting for his coming again.

Look, he is coming with the clouds,

and every eye will see him,

even those who pierced him. (Rev 1:7)

We wait for his coming again in glory to redeem the whole world.

This is our Christmas hope.

I can’t help reflecting on the other period of waiting we had this year during Lent. Where in anticipation of remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection again, we entered into a period of lament and repentance, and which led us to some serious decisions about our common life.

As we responded to our lament about child sexual abuse and then our redress obligations, hard decisions have been taken, and there has been much costly sacrifice. I am so proud of the way faithful Anglicans have responded to this challenge.

While the decisions have been difficult and there are a variety of views, we still bear with one another in love, and keep praying for God’s blessing on our church. I can’t tell you how many times people have assured me of their prayers for us all this year.

With all that prayer, I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us in 2019. We wait for it in hope!

I’m already looking forward to our Diocesan-wide service of celebration and Ordination on 2 March 2019 in St David’s Cathedral. Please put it in your diary now, so that we can all join together to sing God’s praises and rejoice in our hope.

With warm Advent wishes,

Richard

 

  


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