Learning to Live… Through Jesus, Our Neighbours and Each Other

THE WAY IS MADE BY WALKING

‘No one can truly know Christ unless they follow him in life and no one can truly follow him in life unless they know him.’   (Hans Denck, 16th century Anabaptist martyr) ‘Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and…

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 How Long? My children are heavy in my lap, three and six years old, cozy on our couch watching televised British people bake. These children snuggle into me. Their heads smell of shampoo and the faint sweaty sweetness of outdoor play in…

ADVENT POEMS (4)

The Singing of Angels Howard Thurman   There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels.   Some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.   Old burdens become lighter deep and ancient wounds lose much of their old hurting.   Despite all the crassness of…

ADVENT THREE – ‘Here Comes the Son’

Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. (Revelation 12.4) And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour….  (Luke 1.46) Our Advent three texts remind us of two profound truths:  The…

ADVENT POEMS (3)

Magnificat John Shea All that I am sings of the God who brings his life to birth in me. My spirit soars on the wings of my Lord. He has smiled on me and the blaze of his smile no woman or man shall ever forget. My God is a gentle strength who has caught…

ADVENT TWO – I SAW FOUR HORSES

Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures call out, as with a voice of thunder, ‘Come!’ 2I looked, and there was a white horse! [Revelation 6.1-2] Unless Christ can be said to reign over the hard facts of life, He cannot be said…

ADVENT POEMS (2)

“History says, don’t hope On this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme.”    [S. Heaney]    

ADVENT ONE – BLESSING

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near.  (Revelation 1.3) The British writer, G.K. Chesterton, once said of Revelation that ‘though St John the Evangelist saw many strange monsters in his vision,…

ADVENT POEM (1)

This Advent I will post a poem each week to celebrate the season. Garth JERUSALEM And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green: And was the holy Lamb of God, On England’s pleasant pastures seen! And did the Countenance Divine, Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here,…

MARKINGS (22)

FAITHFULNESS AND FAILURE What we do is very little, but it is like the boy with a few loaves and fishes: Christ took that little and increased it. He will do the rest. What we do is so little we may seem to be constantly failing, but so did Christ fail. He met with apparent…