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

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…

MARKINGS (21)

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed…

SILENCE

Here is a poem written for Remembrance Day, from Malcolm Guite, an Anglican poet and musician living in Cambridge, England.   November 11 Silence November pierces with its bleak remembrance Of all the bitterness and waste of war. Our silence tries but fails to make a semblance Of that lost peace they thought worth fighting…

PEACE SUNDAY

‘The king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city of Susa was thrown into confusion.’  (3.15) The story of Esther is rich in humour, insight into human nature, and in faith.  All of these are worthy of a blog in their own right.  But as I was reading the story this week I…

MARKINGS (20)

As for me, I can only fall on my knees and pray that the Lord Christ, who had died for me, might have His own way with me – that it might be worth His while to have done what He did and what He is doing now for me. To my Elder Brother, my…

ELECTION DAY COMMUNION

Dear friends, Sometime ago I read the following note in the Mennonite World Review: “Since 2008, it has become a custom in some churches (in the U.S.) to hold a communion service on election day. First held at a Mennonite church in Waynesboro, Virginia, the Election Day Communion practice spread rapidly so that by election…