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Christ Church, Great Ayton

Published by Paul Peverell

· 14 December · Edited · 

A Christmas Tree's Tale

There’s been a lot of talk about our village Christmas tree this year, but do you know, I rather like it. It reminds me of the many people broken and damaged by life that find this time of year hard but nevertheless put on a brave face. There are many families in our village who have been bereaved this last year, and they add to the number of those for whom Christmas is a reminder of loved ones no longer here and felt so keenly at Christmas. There are many folk in our community who have had life changing medical conditions diagnosed this year and some with terminal conditions for whom this Christmas will likely be their last. One such gentleman with terminal cancer booked a taxi and still came to the village Panto as he always did with his late wife. Bless you! There are couples who have split up this last year, families broken but who still put on a brave face for the sake of others. Many people arrive at Christmas broken and damaged for a whole host of reasons. Folks, this is your tree and a reminder that life isn’t easy and not always fair, but you have to make the most of what you have. Our tree stood tall and proud in the forest until it was chosen for us for its shape. In the felling and being dragged through the forest branches were broken off, but it’s still doing its best for us. I pass it early each morning and in the dark it looks good. It’s only in daylight when you look closer you see the bits that are damaged - just like so many of us. Christmas time isn’t perfect. It never was. Jesus was born into a broken and hurting world as he came to reveal God’s love for us and how love can redeem the world. Cherish our village Christmas tree that reminds us of those around us - families, friends and neighbours - who have been broken and damaged by life this year and pass on some of your love this season. 

 


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