They seem rather abstract and a tad mystical, but they were spoken in response to Kirsty Young's questions about the death of the Welby's firstborn 7 month old daughter Joanna, who had died in 1983 in a road accident. Indeed she pressed him on some of the sorrows of the day
, such as conflict, Ebola and other tragedies (I thought of the runaway bin lorry in Glasgow and the heartbreak of a family losing parents and a child at a stroke). He quietly and calmly said,
'It is a reminder of the uncertainties of life. The only certainty in life is Christ, everything else is contingent'The only certainty is Christ. What might that mean? I guess the love of Christ is a certainty as a constant, the presence of Christ never deserts us, the future with Christ is never threatened, and so on and on and on....Indeed my reading this morning reflects upon this, Romans 8.31-39
As Paul Tripp comments, on these words, 'sit in front of your Christmas tree and read these words out loud so that you will remember what the Christmas story is all about.'