We join in the great surge of sympathy for the family in the death of their son Harley Watson. We pray for them and for all injured or involved in the disaster. It serves as a grim reminder of how brittle is the prevailing climate of celebration. Christmas was the best news that the world ever had or will have. But the crib speaks loudly both of the poverty into which Jesus was born and also the threat to his very existence coming from the people who wielded power at that time. Something similar is much with us this year in all our uncertainties.
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