There is a saying
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
–from Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot, the poem discusses time, perspective, humanity, and salvation. The story of the nativity offers for us the same narrative each year and yet there will always be something new to discover or hear in it. The experience of our Christmastide will be different after the confusion and crisis of last year, and yet it will bear familiarity. It will hold the uncertainty of whether we will be meeting up with the emotions of being with those we love. And for some there will be precious memories, treasured and held with tears for the ones who are loved and seen no more, the familiar and the unfamiliar.
Then on another level, Eliot is expressing a little about how I feel after returning from my adventures across the UK on my Sabbatical, it has been a truly restful and full-on creative time. Time to be in the moment and catch the peace, wonder and beauty of our nations, truly stunning scenery and experiences, many known for the first time.
With the New Year we will slip into a new experience of life full of all we know and all that we cannot see yet. Be Blessed and ready to embrace life in all its fullness, the rawness of pain and the elation of joy, knowing you don’t walk life alone but in the grace of the vulnerability of the Christ Child and the strength of our Easter Christ.