#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…

#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…

#AdventBookClub: Herod

Matthew 2:3-8 So, under Herod the Great, we've already seen how 'The Slaughter of the Innocents" affected the mothers (and presumably fathers), so let's have a look inside Herod's head! Placed against the harrowing story of Rachel and her 'grief to the bowels', it's quite a shock to come to the end of this chapter from Herod, and realise that he killed all the first sons under 2 years old for expediency, to ensure that he…

#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,…