'Be a listening ear or a helping hand' - Bishop of St Davids
What are you doing for Christmas this year? Most of us will, I suspect, be spending time with the family as we celebrate this happiest of moments in the Christian calendar.
But, as we celebrate, we should also spare a thought for those who are not so fortunate. No - we can do better than that. There are all too many people around us, wherever we are, that will not have the comfort of family or friends around them. And there will be those too for whom Christmas is a time when loneliness brings only sadness and regret.
The weak and the vulnerable had a special place in Jesus' ministry. And so they should in ours. We have heard so much in recent weeks about how the suffering of vulnerable people was compounded and prolonged because no-one would lend a listening ear or a helping hand.
That cannot be our way. Everyone is a member of the Christian family and we have a duty of care to them all. Love your neighbour. That is our mission. That is our ministry. Even the smallest kindness, the slightest consideration can have a transforming effect on both giver and receiver.
We are the lucky ones. The all-embracing love of Christ inspires us to go the extra mile for our fellow men, women and children. So, then, at this time, let us resolve to use this unique gift whenever and wherever the opportunity arises.
May I wish you all a Joyful Christmas and a Blessed and Fruitful New Year.
Entered By Anna Morrell - 14.12.12Anna Morrell, Archbishop’s Media Officer
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