#AdventBookClub: David, with #Advent20

Luke 2:8-17 Today, we're looking at the events of that first Christmas through the eyes of 'David', a shepherd. We are often given a 'romantic' view of the shepherds, but Cottrell makes it clear that these were crude, vulgar men, used to a hard lifestyle, enjoying women and drink. Alongside, they were gentle (but pragmatic), as they cared for their animals (with fore-echoes of Jesus' coming as look at 'the lamb's blood shed', and questioning…

#AdventBookClub: Casper and #Advent20

#AdventBookClub: Casper Matthew 2:1-2, 10-12 Today, we have the story of one of the Magi, a man who had planned journeys for many others based upon the stars, but (according to this interpretation), this was the first time he'd felt the need to follow a star himself (a chance to 'awaken the dream inside'). Better to keep looking upwards, to chase after dreams and stumble, than only ever see the few steps in front of…

#Advent20: Colours

Brian today encourages us to look at the colours around us, in the sky, on the ground - an infinite range of colours, with subtle shifts and tonal changes. It's so easy to look at our spiritual journey in black and white terms (I'm thinking what did I do/not do, have I developed or not?), but the reality of our lives is more subtle and nuanced, as these colours demonstrate, as the light reflects from…

#AdventBookClub: Rachel & #Advent20: Appreciating the Dark

Luke 2 - 36-38 One of those uncomfortable passages in the Bible "The Slaughter of the Innocents", which is very uncomfortable to read, and even more so through the voice of Rachel, who graphically watches her 10 month old son's throat slit in front of here because of Herod's fear of Jesus as a challenger to his throne. Rachel indicates that she wishes no harm to Jesus, but wishes he hadn't been born: I stare,…

#Advent20

Today's email has a call to be vulnerable, to be fully incarnate (part of the world) ... When the Word becomes flesh and lives among us, we see this in action, in the practical wonder of Incarnation. God is willing not just to touch but to be touched by humanity. Cradled, nurtured, raised. He will laugh, and weep; love, and be scarred. Heal. Being part of this may not be easy ... but head out and look at the moon - it's…