Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Day: Food for thought

Thinking about the centenary of the First World War this year, and the amazing stories that came back from the Christmas truce, I’ve been wondering just how Christmas would have been celebrated. The focus for many on Christmas day is … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve: the night before the morning after.

It is said that the coldest part of the night is just before dawn.  It may also be the time when our fears are most vivid, most real; the time when we feel most alone, most scared. I wonder how … Continue reading

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Silent Night: The Carol that reminded us how to be more fully human.

It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere…there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches and then there were those lights – I don’t know what they were. And then they sang ‘Stille … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Mary

So far this year I have been to 9 Christmas performances – most of which featured an unreasonably young mother giving birth in something that resembled a stable, the ‘parents’ were so young that they were invariably picking their noses, … Continue reading

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Advent 3: John the Baptist

When Elizabeth and Zechariah were promised a son in old age they were also promised that this child would bring them joy and gladness (Luke 1: 14). There is great gladness and joy when a much longed for child is … Continue reading

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Advent 2: Preparing the Way

One of the stories I love in my children’s Bible is the story of Jesus being baptised (we will think more about that next week). The picture that goes with the story in my children’s Bible shows sparkling blue water, lush … Continue reading

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