Blog by Joel Pridmore

This week I had the opportunity to lead an evening of Christmas related discussion at a University Christian Union event hosted at Costa in town.

I took on the subject of discussing different verses and their meanings from various traditional Christmas Carols. During my research for this, I found myself surprised and having to backtrack on my previous opinion about one carol in particular.

I’ve previously mocked (and often avoided) the carol ‘In the bleak mid-winter’ due to my view of it not being a literal winter when Christ was born… and the ‘not quite so bleak’ weather that would have been likely in the Middle East at the time!

Only as I dug a little deeper did I realise that the carol doesn’t aim to refer to a literal winter, but speaks metaphorically of the spiritual coldness and bleakness of the world and time into which Christ was born. The writer, Christina Rossetti, wanted to help us understand the warmth and light the Saviour brought to the world.

May we be those who are wise enough to dig deeper to see the many creative ways that God can communicate His truth to us.

“the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.’ (Matt. 4:16).