When a child is born

Returning again to “littleness”. I’m delighted and inspired by the following letter in today’s UK Times

Sir, At our little parish church in our
quiet corner of Cornwall, the carol
service on December 20 will begin
with the first verse of Once in Royal
David’s City, sung by a child. This year
that child is nine years old and a
Hindu. Her entire family will be
present to support her.
MARTIN DAVIES
Organist and Choirmaster
Truro

THE TIMES | Wednesday December 9, 2015

Wise persons long ago offered gifts and worship to a child born into poverty who, by virtue of infancy, was not capable of doctrinal statements or of distinguishing between adherents of one religious tradition or another.

The child grew in wisdom, and it was recorded that as a young adult Jesus of Nazareth spoke words of inclusion, hospitality, grace and encouragement for children, women and men whomsoever and wheresoever they may be.

How utterly heartening that in a “quiet corner of Cornwall” (and doubtless in innumerable other hearts and places all over the world) such great wisdom is still being heeded. People of goodwill everywhere will be joined in spirit, alongside her family, to support this splendid young caroller.

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