Want to read more?
At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income.
In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.
To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thanks you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time
We value our content, so access to our full site is only available on subscription.
Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.
And there’s more – your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.
A gift. Advent is about waiting for a promised gift, is it not?
The gift we are promised is the gift of God himself and this promise is fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ.
This is a time of waiting, and for children particularly it is about waiting for gifts. This year the ultimate gift is the PS5, the new PlayStation.
It has caused euphoria amongst the children and is on so many Santa lists.
Trouble is that evidently stock has run out and Santa might not be able to fulfil his promise to all these children who have requested this.
How do you explain that to an expectant youngster?
It is just as well that God is not Santa, as God always honours his promise.
What is on your Santa list?
If I were to hazard a guess, most of us would have prayed for, or if you don’t pray, would have hoped for, an end to this deadly virus.
The greatest gift we could have in 2020 is an effective vaccine.
What wonderful timing. Right on Advent we learn of the genius of our scientists who offer the greatest Christmas present we could wish for – that effective vaccine.
Throughout this pandemic we have been blessed by the many gifts of our doctors, nurses, paramedics, scientists and emergency services. These are the gifts that are beyond price.
Millions of pounds will be spent again this Christmas in the search for the perfect gift. But this year, more than any other in our lifetime, we realise that the gift we long for cannot be bought on Amazon or any other superstore.
It is like that first Christmas gift. It is beyond price.
Thank you to God and thank you to our scientists.