Today's reflection is written by Ian Ledgard


I am writing this contribution following the coldest night in Wales this year. We took our morning walk with sparkling frost and icy puddles on the verges but in bright sunshine. As we climbed further up the hill we turned around and found that although we were in sunshine the Towy Valley was a sea of fog and we could not see Llandeilo. As we returned home an hour later the fog was disappearing and we could see a misty image of the town with it’s colourful houses. 

 What a difference the sunshine makes – light shining into the gloom. Isn’t that just what we have been celebrating over the twelve days of Christmas? God’s light coming into the world to lighten our darkness and to give us renewed hope even as Covid continues to rage. As John puts it in his introduction to the gospel 

 ‘The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out’ (The Message) 

 I was also reminded of Paul’s words when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:-

‘We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!’ (The Message) 

 There is much to depress is in the Six o’clock (Doom and gloom) News these days. When there is so much uncertainty about how Covid will be dealt with. Lots of criticism about decisions taken by government, are they acting quickly enough or too quickly. Why can’t we have firm timetables to help us to plan. It seems that everybody but the government could do a better job! No wonder people become anxious and depressed. 

 As Paul says we don’t see things clearly but we can be certain that God is with us in these testing times. His light still shines and the mist will clear. 

 Prayer 

When we’re in times of trouble,
Lord, take our hands.
When daily life is full of confusion.
Lord, give us some clarity.
When our way of life is taken from us,
Lord, show us a new way.
When we have lost our freedom,
Lord, give us patience.
When sickness prevails all around us,
Lord, send us your healing.
When those who care are at such risk,
Lord, bless their auras.
When you call,
Lord, let us hear and answer.
When you come again,
Lord, let us be ready.
Amen
(Ann Hyde – URC Prayer Handbook)