#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…

#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…

#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…

#Advent20 #WinchesterWaits

I didn't get online yesterday, as I was bobbing around Winchester, and checking out the Christmas Markets, taking time to stop off at #WinchesterWaits. Meantime, this note from Brian: Don't forget, too, to make space this weekend to stop, relax, breathe and smile. If you find yourself at the shops, practice this somewhere busy, and notice what happens within you.

#Adventbookclub: Martha #advent20

Luke 2: 1-7 Martha is the name given the Innkeeper's wife in this version of the story. She's a rather cynical woman who's done her fair share of midwifery, and, clearly feels she's been taken advantage of frequently, so is quite tough with a 'take it or leave it' attitude. She saw both desperation and dignity in Joseph and Mary, however, and so took pity on them. She gives a clear impression of just how…