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Welcome to the first issue of Spotlight Magazine for 2022!

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nce again we’ve had another uncertain start to the year. Sadly, the recent surge in Covid infections following the emergence of the Omicron variant affected the festive celebrations. It is difficult to write the first editorial of Spotlight in 2022 as a result.. Perhaps it is wise to simply say that where there is hope, there is life… and signs of life are in abundance in this community! The original plans for the front cover featuring Loony Dookers, may have been cancelled but I am delighted to welcome other water-borne heroes to the magazine. I am delighted to welcome the crew of RNLI Queensferry to Spotlight and to give them another platform to promote their work and attract support. Their mission to Save Every One is a noble cause and I know I speak for everyone in the community when I say we are proud to have the RNLI represented here.

A warm welcome to CVC Locksmiths, a fantastic local business and a returning advertiser. Callum is a great, hard working guy who would love to hear from you if you need anything for your home, or business. Indeed, if you have a need for any of the products or services offered by our advertisers, please tell them you saw their adverts in Spotlight! It really does reassure the advertisers that their messages are being seen by our readers and their support makes this community magazine possible. Finally, we have changed our publication schedule for 2022. Spotlight continues to evolve to adapt to an uncertain environment but also to meet the needs of the community and advertisers it serves. We have traditionally always released the digital and printed versions of the latest issue as close together as possible. From this issue onwards, we are trialling a schedule of publishing the digital version at the start of odd numbered months, with the printed version at the start of even numbered months. Deadlines for contributions remain the same – the last Friday of even numbered months for every issue!

Spotlight continues to work with our other community partners at Queensferry Parish Church, and the Queensferry & District Community Council to bring you news of what is happening in the area. In the last issue, we also reported on a new initiative, Queensferry Community Development Trust, and we can offer even more details in this issue. There are a lot of community events in the pipeline for 2022 and I hope Spotlight can be there to cover as many of them for you as possible. If you run an organisation or charity that would benefit from being featured in Spotlight, just drop us a line at spotlight@ wordsandpicturesUK.com and we’ll happily discuss your requirements. We’re still keen to hear from more

So, please submit your contributions for issue #2 by Friday 25th February at the very latest! Alistair Pryde Spotlight Editor

Special thanks: Special thanks to all our contributors, contact details are listed with features where appropriate.

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Finding the Baby In 1995, during my annual pilgrimage to George Square in Glasgow to see the Nativity scene. I was shocked to the core – the reason? Someone had stolen the baby Jesus! That week, the Herald reported the event as follows, “If the three wise men know anything, they are remaining remarkably stoney-faced about the whole affair. Right before their very eyes, someone stole the baby Jesus. Glasgow found itself at the centre of one of the meanest thefts of the Christmas period. The life-size sculpture of the Child in the manger was stolen on Monday night from the nativity scene erected by the city's council in George Square. All that was left was his bed of straw. Mary and Joseph, the wise men, shepherds, assorted animals, and an angel continue to look mutely upon the scene.” A sudden flashback of these events hit me on Boxing Day this year. I was singing one of our final carols before they vanish into thin air for the next year when, looking into the Nativity Scene I began to realise something was missing. There was no baby Jesus in the crib – it was now the 26th December – disaster! Down on my hands and knees I was praying – no – I was on the hunt for the baby and, with a bit of advice from the gathered congregation, we found him and restored him to his rightful place. Finally we could sing : ‘a wean in a manger’ safely!

These events made me ask a big question: ‘what if there had been no ‘wean in the manger’? What if there had been no Mary and Joseph, angels and Bethlehem and Shepherds and Wise Men? What difference would it have made to our world? And that got me to thinking – what differences did the arrival of a baby in a Bethlehem backstreet some 2000 years ago make? I can think of 5 and there may well be more… 1. God became one of us (incarnation) – just two weeks before the Baby was stolen from George Square, Joan Osbourne released her single with a recurring question in it: ‘What if God were one of us?’ At the heart of the Christmas story is the claim that in Jesus – God did become one of us – identifying with us as never before – experiencing family life, being a refugee, the loss of loved ones, rejection and the betrayal of so-called friends and hardships that many of us have been spared. 2. Sins remedy has been revealed (salvation) – if, when speaking about something you have to do, you’ve ever made the comment, “for my sins” then there is good news. We don’t need to undertake some arduous, testing trial and punishment in order to have our mistakes in life wiped out – at the heart of the Christmas story is the claim that in Jesus our sins are forgiven, our mistakes are wiped out – all we need do is to ask. 3. All barriers are broken down (reconciliation) – some of the greatest stories ever told came from the lips of


Jesus – stories such as that of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 vs 25-37. Racial boundaries gone, the invitation for us all to love our neighbour – regardless of their creed, colour or country. 4. A new purpose is revealed (vocation) – Not only were the stories that Jesus told life transforming, but his teaching was also radical and life giving. Ever heard someone say in response to the suffering in the world – ‘Why doesn’t God do something?’ Well, with the arrival of Jesus in the world he did do something – he sent out a call for all of us to do something, a call to ease the suffering in the world by feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, providing for those in need, welcoming the stranger, supporting and helping transform those who are sick and in prison. I guess if we managed to get on with that the world would become a more like heaven – heaven on earth! 5. Deaths days were numbered (resurrection) – Outside of the glorious cathedral in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia,

there is a 16 digit cryptogram which has as a total of 310 combinations that add up to one particular number – the clue to the number is found as you add up the numbers in each row, each corner each column, each diagonal, etc. etc. – in every case the number is 33 – the number of years we believe Jesus lived. So when the wise men arrived with their unusual gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, gifts for a King, a Priest and one who would die – what at first sight seemed gifts that were odd for a new baby, 33 years later take on a whole new significance. For not only do the records state that Jesus died, it is also believed that he rose again thereby inviting everyone who wishes to follow him – not just through this world but into the next. So just as well we found the baby! Let me invite you to find him too. Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and hopeful new year, David Rev David Cameron


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