There are lots of images, titles and names that come up in our Christmas readings, Prince of Peace, Counsellor, Saviour, Messiah and one of my favourites, Emmanuel, meaning God with us, is a central to the message of Christmas. It was the theme I used in my short talk at the hospital Christmas day communion I led this morning. It felt very suitable as we continue to reflect on what we can say and pray for poorly children. What will God always want to be and do for every child and family in hospital. God with us, at home , God with us in hospital, God with us in church , God with us when we don’t feel it, when we lament, celebrate, are despondent. God with us for comfort, strength, peace, hope . God with us in 2016, Gods promise for 2017 what ever it brings. There is hope for us after all!