‘Hope is that thing inside us that insists…that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it.’ (US President-elect Barrack Obama, Jan 3rd 2008. 1)
We need Christmas this year more than ever as the perennial reminder that hope for a renewed world is not a vain hope. The event of the birth of Christ, the timeless reminder that hope is now, hope is every day, takes on special significance in difficult times. Christian belief in the incarnation, God with us, God for us, God within us, means that the love of God, creator, source, origin of all life, shown to us through Christ, is precisely what keeps us going, literally gives life and sustains us, is that ‘something better’ that is ever present to us and awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it.