I included these words in the Advent Sunday service, and then forgot to include them on the day:
Time is too slow for those who wait too swift for those who fear too long for those who grieve too short for those who rejoice but for those who love time is eternity
They are words of an American author, Henry van Dyke, which were read at the funeral of Princess Diana and have been much borrowed and re-used in song and story. Van Dyke was a prolific author, and another well-known work is the story “The Other Wise Man, ” which imagines the 33-year travels of a fourth wise man who got left behind and never quite caught up with Jesus. As he seeks the Saviour, he has (as it were) already found him. Although Van Dyke authored the story, he commented that he never felt that he had made it up. It came as a gift.
Those of us who have celebrated Christmas many times before must pray to be surprised and delighted afresh by the story of God. No story is more ancient. And no other story is as fresh and new.
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Wishing you peace and joy at Christmas and always Your servant in Christ Adam