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Encouragement from the Christmas Message

December 11th, 2015

OSH is a Christian school.  Many of its pupils and staff have no difficulty understanding and deriving great encouragement from the Christmas message.  Scripture puts it quite clearly:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (John, 3:16)

The symbolism of Christmas, the metaphor of light, the arrival of Good News and the radically revised notion of kingship all contribute to giving this wonderful Christian festival its distinctiveness.  For Christians, it comes down to mankind being loved more deeply and more unconditionally than it can fathom.

But OSH is open to those of all faiths or none.  Many of our pupils and staff profess and articulate respectfully their agnosticism, atheism or their commitment to a different creed.

So where everybody can agree, it is on the premise that people matter.  We believe that all people are important and that they count for something.  The theology of Christmas might well shape the way we articulate our place in God’s plan and, furthermore, call for goodwill and peace on earth.  Yet, it is very much our shared humanity and agreed optimism about who and what people can be that enables our Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, agnostic and atheistic pupils to be as much part of our Christmas celebrations as we church-goers.

This, in itself, is worthy of great celebration.  People coming together in good will and respect for one another at this time of year has increasing importance.

And, as always, the Christ child in the manger looks very much at home amidst the noise and bustle of our everyday lives.

Wishing you all a happy Christmas,

Paul Kilbride