When it finally came, who knew in advance? Though the moment had been foretold through the ages, did anyone recognise it when the day arrived? And how did it come? A visitation. A scandal. A promise. The birth of a child. A manger. Miraculous signs to shepherds. A star to help wise men find their way.
This year in Coniston we relived the signs and wonders of Christmas. A community project but seemingly without direction. A phone call to the Mother’s Union. Will you take on the Promise? Then a letter arrived with instructions. Similar soundings came to the Methodist Church, the Catholic Church and the Fellowship with instructions. No-one knew who else would be there when they arrived. A date and time were supplied. All arriving together to play their part. Knowing one side only. Having no visibility of what else would happen at the same time.
We have heard it said that God works in mysterious ways. Reliving the signs and wonders of Christmas was more vivid and beautiful than ever before this year as joyful expectation builds for what will come in 2017.