Wright, N. (2004) ‘God’s Christmas Message’, [Letter], The Daily Express, 5 January, p46.
Christmas Day 2003 was dominated by 2 entertaining media events. The dramatic disappearance of Beagle 2 was matched only by World Idol, the culmination of a TV-pop phenomenon throughout the US and Europe. Reaching for the stars was a common theme, a celebration of human achievement in the pursuit of new challenge, inspiration and life.
Celebration of the Christ child, Saviour of the World, was oddly conspicuous by its absence. Paradoxically, tragic events unfolding in Iran bore far closer resemblance to the true Christmas story. Images of people dragging loved ones from the chaos and destruction of earthquake ruins were stark reminders of the frailty of life and critical need for rescue.
God's own Christmas message was enacted by those who entered the stage and endured personal sacrifice to bring hope to the lost.