This year, for many, Christmas will be filled with emptiness – the loss of loved ones, health, money, security and freedom. Many churches have been holding ‘Blue Christmas’ services to support those for whom this time of year is particularly challenging. We can find hope in the cries of John the Baptist – that it is only in our emptiness that we can fully appreciate the abundance of God. My first conscious memory of praying to God is at just such a time…

Listen to this week’s Start:Stop reflection at the link above. Read the transcript at this link.