St. Mary Magdalene Bolney

• Reflection

REFLECTION          • Listening         • Watching          • Waiting            • Welcoming

At some point on Christmas Eve we all have to stop. There’s a moment when no more last-minute preparation can be done.

Your Christmas journey begins by stopping. It’s true with our personal journeys too: moments of breakthrough and discovery come as we stop.

Sometimes we stop because we reach the end of our own resources. At other times it’s because we discover the gift of silence and stillness. Or maybe we simply realise that there’s too much else getting in the way.

Whatever the reason, stopping is a gift and it’s often a new beginning. In fact there’s very little we can do to grow personally and spiritually unless we first make the choice to stop.It’s the place of prayer and it’s where we meet with God.

Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem after a long journey from Nazareth. They are exhausted. Mary is in the last stages of pregnancy, and there is no room in the lodging houses. All they can do is stop where they are offered a space. That night – this night – the gift that is Jesus Christ is born.


While they were there the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.


Read:  Luke 2. 1-7


How today can you find space to stop, even for five minutes?


Taken from #GodWithUs: Your Christmas Journey 
Written by John Kiddle and published by Church House Publishing in association with soul[food]
Copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2017
#GodWithUs is part of the Church of England’s Reform and Renewal programme.