The acting Archdeacon of Derby writes

This last year we have had a succession of simple direct messages delivered from the Press Room at number 10.

Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives

Hands Face Space and, most recently,

Get boosted now!


But how might we summarise the Christmas message of Jesus’ first coming?

I believe it is this: In Jesus, light overcomes darkness, love overcomes hate, life overcomes death.

So what difference will the presence of his light, his love and his life make in your life and in mine at the beginning of 2022?

You and I no longer live for ourselves, we are now part of God’s family. We have a different purpose – one that is energised and given meaning by the Holy Spirit.

Eternal life for those who love God has already started. Death will be simply a gateway to the future glorious reality.

But let’s admit it, these can simply feel like words when there is so much fear and anxiety around because of the pandemic.

Therefore, we need to understand even more the ways of God and to find that place where we receive his peace and rest.

Some years ago, I watched a programme on the Queen’s Christmas broadcast and a very famous poem written in 1908 by Minnie Louise Haskins which was given by Princess Elizabeth to her Father King George VI when he came to make his broadcast in Dec 1939.

The Poem is entitled God Knows.

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:

“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

As go out into the darkness, as we place our hand in his, we find strength, comfort and peace to walk because we know he is with us.

This is one way in which we will witness to others that ‘The Kingdom of God truly is ‘Good News for All’’.

Every blessing,


Rev Canon Peter Walley
Acting Archdeacon of Derby


Last modified on Friday, 07 January 2022 10:29