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This year’s journey to Christmas will not be like any other we have known. The plans we make for getting together will be strange if not strained. They will include apprehension and uncertainty.

On the first Christmas it was the same. God’s plans, made before the creation of everything we know and have yet to discover, were coming to their fulfilment. Learned men in the east picked up a new star in the sky – they were intrigued and trekked off after it. The shepherds, about their business on the hills around Bethlehem, were visited by God’s messenger and responded by following the instructions they were given. Mary and Joseph had a dodgy start to their lives together, but knew God was in it somehow. They made their way, wondering and pondering.

Nothing went straightforwardly for Mary and Joseph, the shepherds or the men from the east, but in the end, it came together in a humble stable.

They met with Jesus, a meeting that transformed each of their lives. So, in our plans for this Christmas, what a difference it would make to us if we met Jesus, how that would transform our lives, knowing his love and forgiveness. God with us, imagine that, take hold of it. Whether you have known Jesus for decades, or not at all, include meeting Jesus in your journey to Christmas 2020 and see how he will transform your life.

St Aidan established a monastery on Lindisfarne in 635 AD, where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created some years later, and we have just commemorated St Aidan on 31 August 2020.

When we think of this Monk and about the beautiful illuminated pages of this valued scripture which must have been inspired by the surroundings of Lindisfarne, his mind must have been full of adoration for our Creator and all his works. The illustrations, painted with colours that glow like some stained glass windows, show St Aidan's love of birds and animals living around him. 

Looking at the complicated designs twisting and interlacing around the page in a forever circular movement makes us contemplate our own lives which are full of twists and turns ... mazes perhaps, not knowing where life is taking us, or what is going to face us around the next corner. There is wonder and beauty in our world but also we can be fearful and puzzled by the things we don’t understand, especially at this moment during this pandemic and especially during times of suffering and death.

Tenet is the movie industry’s hope to draw us back to multiplexes and reinvigorate one of our culture’s very own religious gatherings: communal catharsis by way of morality, music, and associated sacred food and drink.

It will be up to audiences to decide whether or not Tenet is worthy of this mantle. Christopher Nolan has made a film that brings us to the edge of our understanding. And then it invites us to step over that edge. For this reason, it will surely divide audiences as it already has done critics.

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

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NEW FOR 2021

Curious to learn more about Jesus either by yourself or with others? Visit our Personal Study page. Each week we'll be adding some personal study material to go through. It'll include a brief audio message, a short video and a section of your Bible to read. No Bible? Click here for one on our site.

This material is provided by our friends at BibleProject.

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