In the online St Stephens’ prayer time this morning I was reminded of people who have lost loved ones this year, to Covid or to other illnesses, and of others who have family members or friends who are seriously ill. I then had an email from a friend who is needing to take time out to be with her father, who is very ill in hospital. I’m not sure I really know how to ‘mourn with those who mourn’, or to offer comfort: but to listen when needed, to be there (even if virtually), to pray for those walking through dark times and bereavement, is something, I think. It’s important to know that it’s ok to be sad, and to share in the sadness of others, yet still to look for the moments of light in the darkness. I hope we all find comfort and hope this Advent, whatever we’re walking through.