#Adventbookclub: Moses

Exodus 3:1-8 We return today to another Old Testament figure, with quite a depressing tale, in which “the dice are loaded” in days which cycle through themselves. He talks of living a half-life – half-Hebrew (by nature) and half-Egyptian (by nurture), and how difficult this has made things – and why he lashed out when he saw ‘his people’ being mistreated. “Today”, however, he has made a decision to move forward. The past cannot be Continue Reading →

#Advent20 with @briandraperuk

Summarising the #Advent20 journey with Brian Draper: And so, returning to Advent, we remember the words of the apostle John, as we draw towards this journey’s end: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… In him was life, and that life was the light of all [people]. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Brian asked us to sum our the advent journey Continue Reading →

#Advent20

Been enjoying the company of others around the country on Brian Draper‘s #Advent20 series – and the poem below got me thinking about the pressures on so many on the Christmas season.. being away or abroad for several Christmas’s can make you think differently… (hence e-card, rather than paper cards) And if, as weeks go round, in the dark of the moon my spirit darkens and goes out, and soft strange gloom pervades my movements Continue Reading →

#Adventbookclub: Mary

Luke 1:26-38 We get a sense of Mary, a woman who has been well-prepared for a role as homemaker by her mother. She is a woman who loves the world, loves life, and can see God in every part of it. Her parents thought that she would find it difficult to find a husband as she was too ‘headstrong’, but I just wanted a strong love and a deep passion, and a way to channel Continue Reading →

#Advent20: Tunnelling

I’ve got a couple of Anne Lamott books on the shelves after Greenbelt this year, so this quote via Brian Draper chimes and challenges: “My understanding of incarnation is that we are not served by getting away from the grubbiness of suffering. Sometimes we feel that we are barely pulling ourselves forward through a tight tunnel on badly scraped elbows. But we do come out the other side, exhausted and changed.” Anne Lamott For more Continue Reading →

#AdventBookClub: Elizabeth

Luke 1 5-15; 24-25; 39-45 Today we meet with Elizabeth, who has spent too long saying ‘if only’, and wishing for a child. She is disappointed that everyone assumed that it was her fault that there were no children (I have friends who have experienced this false assumption!), with the baby causing an emptiness between them, and a feeling of emptiness in her own life. For those who desire children, this is a sad state to Continue Reading →

#Advent20

Love this quote from today (#(digi)disciple-ship in being): ‘To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.’ So, does this image make sense in that context (more to it than this, but we are made as we are made – see Continue Reading →

#AdventBookClub: Joseph #Advent20

Matthew 1:18-24 Today we look at what happens in ‘The Christmas Story’ from the perspective of Joseph. Joseph is ‘a practical man’ who makes things (a carpenter) – unlike those who work in the ‘learned’ sector, he finds true satisfaction in getting something ‘done’ and there being no question that it is ‘done’. This does not stop him dreaming, however (named after ‘the most famous dreamer  in history’)… He speaks of the joy of meeting Continue Reading →