December 24 2020

“Brexit is done” say the headlines this afternoon, I just wish I could say the same for Covid 19, that’s far from done. It will be another month at least before we can begin to get this back under control, when the effects of vaccine will just begin to protect our most vulnerable individuals and the health and social care staff.

I am writing this listening to the Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College Cambridge. The Christian Message is one of hope for the future and that message I think, people from every religion will be able to share, with a positive hope for a better future.

I can give thanks for all that is good around me, I realise how lucky I am with security and a large home and garden I can retreat to in a lovely rural setting. My health is stable and causes no problems and I have a wide circle of friends to share that Good News with as well as a supportive family. My concerns, thoughts and prayers are for the millions living in difficult conditions with little or no support and perhaps without the resilience to cope very well.

I realise that some of you are not in such fortunate positions, but I can believe it is going to get better very soon now. We must all grasp that hope firmly and commit yourself to sharing that hope (virtually of course) with everyone else.

We all know what will beat this pandemic we just have to do it. You can do it. Enjoy your Christmas like no other, we will all talk about it for years to come.

I am not going to publish further data tonight. You all know what it will be like and there are no surprises, Remember, that the Tier 4 arrangements start at one minute past midnight on Saturday morning.

A special thanks to all the key workers spending their Christmas in the service of others, that will I am sure include many of you and your families. Many of us will miss the midnight service tonight.

All that remains for me to say is to wish you all the best possible Christmas that circumstances can allow and wish you all a very healthy, Covid free, New Year. The shortest day is now past, there are brighter days to come on the horizon. It will be a lot better by Easter, the next great Christian Festival.

God Bless us all and keep us safe.

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