Life Lessons

In Between

It's an odd week. That week that's bookended either side by Christmas Day and New Year's Day. You lose track of what day it is. Are the shops open today? Normal times? And what about the Postman - does he come this week? And of course the inevitable conversation of what day does rubbish gets collected! Sometimes… Continue reading In Between

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Emmanuel – {Advent}

"Peace on earth, goodwill to men" I don't know what your year has held. Perhaps like mine it has had its hard days amongst the good. But as we during these final few days of Advent look towards Christmas we get to celebrate that amongst the messy, the hard and the difficult, God is with us.… Continue reading Emmanuel – {Advent}

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Travellers – {Advent}

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:15) If there is one thing that has struck me afresh this year with Christmas, it is that it is a… Continue reading Travellers – {Advent}

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Breath of Heaven – {Advent}

Life is busy and often all go. But several times a day, I have an "enforced" rest. A time when I sit, holding my little baby in my arms for his bottle. It is in these precious times that we will look into each other's eyes. I'll whisper words of love to him, share dreams and hopes. It's… Continue reading Breath of Heaven – {Advent}

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The Big Happy – {Advent}

"Just then, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the City of… Continue reading The Big Happy – {Advent}

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Shalom – {Advent}

I love words. If I could collect words as much as I apparently collect handbags I would! But sometimes our English language lets us down. It just doesn't do justice to what we're trying to convey. In this second week of Advent I find that to be very much the case with the word peace. When… Continue reading Shalom – {Advent}

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Preparation – {Advent}

The Christmas Season is upon us. Most of the season will be spent in preparation for the celebration of Christmas day. The purchasing of presents, the gathering of food, the decorating of our homes. Today in my household the furniture is being rearranged to make room for the Christmas tree to be put up. As… Continue reading Preparation – {Advent}

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Untrue

“Is everything sad going to come untrue?” (Sam Gamgee to Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings)  “[Some mortals] say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.” (C.S. Lewis) There are words that do… Continue reading Untrue

Christianity · Church · Faith · Quiet Times · Scripture

Sacrifice. Praise.

Sacrifice. Praise. Two words that seem mutually exclusive. Two words that don't belong together. Praise is like the woohoo of your day, an overflow of happy. It's exuberant, joyful. Sacrifice - well that is something that comes at a cost. It's pain, grief, hurt. Surely sacrifice and praise don't belong together? Yet we find in Hebrews just that. Praise… Continue reading Sacrifice. Praise.