Cynan Llwyd leads Tearfund’s team in Wales
‘The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.’ (Isaiah 9:2)
Blaenau Ffestiniog is an historic mining town best known for being the 'slate capital of the world'. Slate from this area of Wales has been used on roofs across the world since the Romans were here. The landscape is dramatic. Its culture is rich. Its history is compelling. No wonder it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in July.
Another fact (or myth) about Blaenau Ffestiniog is that it always rains there. Driving through the town, you can understand why people might think that. Literally, mountains of dark slate loom over the town. But this post-industrial town has been re-energised of late and the announcement that it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site reinforces the feeling that a new chapter in the town’s history is being penned – and that the outlook promises far fairer weather than the usual gloomy rain!
The birth of Christ is described as a light dawning in the darkness. Something dramatic, something cosmos-changing, happened at the birth of Christ, which meant people no longer had to live in darkness. This Advent, we’re being called to share that light and make it shine brightly through our actions. By standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world, the light that dawned in Bethlehem is shining through all of us, bringing hope, restoration and new life.