In December this year, we will be in Switzerland, the country of my childhood. I have a special memory of one Christmas when we went with the scouts into the forest to celebrate. It was dark and had snowed and we followed a path illuminated by candles placed in the snow, then suddenly as we rounded a corner, there stood a splendid Christmas tree, full of candles that lit the space.  We sang Christmas carols, read the Bible story about the coming of Jesus into this world and were reminded that Jesus is the ‘Light of the World’. I will always remember the impression left in my heart as a child as I contemplated the light on that dark Christmas night.

The wonder of Christmas is that the light has come into the world, as we read in the John’s Gospel ‘This life [Jesus] brought light to humanity. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out’ (John 1: 4-5 GNT).

May we this year receive new memories about the joy and light that Christmas brings to us. 

I recognise that some may not be looking forward to the festive season, maybe because of painful memories, loneliness, or illness, yet this message of light, love and hope is for all and the presence of God through Jesus is a reality no matter what our circumstances!

As we remember this wonderful gift of light and love from God, I wish you all a joyous Christmas and a happy New Year.

Commissioner Silvia Cox