‘Having a break’. ‘Getting away from it all’. ‘A time of peace and quiet’. ‘Recharging the batteries’. ‘A change of scene’. These are all euphemisms for the season that is upon us – the holidays! We hope that, however we spend the holiday season, we will receive new energy, enthusiasm, maybe find a new interest or even a new direction for ourselves and our families. The origin of the word ‘holiday’ is easy to see – it comes from ‘holy day’. That way of saying it remind us that holidays are opportunities of drawing closer to God, renewing and refreshing what we believe, and spending some time seeing him at work in the beauty of creation, or in the achievements of ordinary people, or in refreshing relationships with family and friends, and maybe discovering unrealised gifts within ourselves. I pray that your holy-day, whether you travel or spend it at home, will brighten your life with a renewed appreciation of how precious is your life and the lives of those around you.
Revd. Derek Hinge