Boxing Day thoughts

I write this on Boxing Day evening.

I spent Christmas Day in England with my family and then drove back to Wales this afternoon.

My dog Scooter entered into the Christmas spirit yesterday:

Always ready to pose

Long drives give me time to reflect and to think.

I’ve always loved Christmas. My Christmas decorations go up early and remain in place until the 12th night.

I also love a Christmas jumper!

One of my more tasteful Christmas jumpers

At Christmas I give thanks for the birth and message of Jesus who inspires me so much. I love the old story and the truth it contains about humanity.

As a Unitarian I also try to look for the divine presence in everyone and everything. The great Unitarian theologian James Martineau wrote that:

“The incarnation is true, not of Christ exclusively, but of Man universally, and God everlastingly.”

I can’t see that God came to earth one time in one person 2000 years ago – much as I love and respect Jesus of Nazareth. I don’t say this to detract anything from him, but my experience is that the divine is always trying to break into the every day with moments of awe and majesty, the kindness of friends and strangers, and in myriad other ways. Life sends many saviours and redeemers our way.

Driving home, the Welsh mountains and the surrounding scenery, which somehow manages to stay the same yet look completely different depending on the weather, reminded me to give thanks for my life: both for ancient comforting stories and for new moments of insight.

Leaving behind a family Christmas, I returned to the peace and sanctuary of my tiny house. I’m not on my own for long as a friend will be joining me to celebrate New Year which I am looking forward to, but it’s nice to have a little time to myself first.

Scooter has settled down amongst some of his Christmas presents.

A contented dog

As I give thanks for another Christmas and for another year almost past I feel incredibly blessed.

Writing 2000 years ago St Paul declared:

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation” – Philippians 4

It feels like I have learned the secret too living here in a tiny house in North Wales.

Elsewhere St Paul writes that:

“Godliness with contentment is great gain” – 1 Timothy 6

I am not sure I always manage the godly part, although I do try – but as I write this Boxing Day Evening and settle down for a nice evening of festive TV I feel very content.

I hope that you do, too.

Published by revanthowe

Unitarian Minister living in rural North Wales.

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