Monday 24 December 2007

Stable cold and bare

Sunday evening with Anna at a Barn Nativity at Chicheley near Newport Pagnell. It was hosted by Home Farm, with refreshments afterwards in the Chester Arms. Huge turn-out, very cold and clear (as it's supposed to be), and a truly memorable retelling of the Christmas story with traditional carols.

I was reminded of Evelyn Underhill's words, which went on last year’s Christmas Card, and tie together life, discipleship, wrangles among Christians, and the mystery of the incarnation:
Human nature is like a stable inhabited by the ox of passion and the ass of prejudice; animals which take up a lot of room and which I suppose most of us are feeding on the quiet. And it is there between them, pushing them out, that Christ must be born and in their very manger he must be laid

Congratulations to all involved, especially Pam Fielding (Licensed Lay Minister, soon starting ordination training), who organised and led the service, with help from friends in Chicheley, Sherington, Astwood, Hardmead & North Crawley.

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