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vulnerability in advent

Advent reminds that God meets us in the vulnerable places. God became man, the Almighty a tiny baby, in a stable, not a centrally heated hospital. TED speaker, Brene Brown has made a brilliant study of vulnerability, or more accurately the ‘intolerance of vulnerability,’ her life’s work. Unsurprisingly no one likes feeling vulnerable. We fight […]

what expectancy?

Phillips Brooks, the 19th century  leader who composed the beautiful Christmas carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem, once wrote this: “The coming of the Lord has been the inspiration of the Christian world. The power of any life lies in its expectancy.” It’s grabbed me and stuck!……… How is your anticipation? “The power of any […]

Bethlehem

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. Luke 2 v 4 Bethlehem was like any other town in the hills of Judea. Yet, it was the birthplace of the greatest king of […]

memory awakens hope

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, from Seek That Which Is Above. “Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it […]

three-times Lord

“The first coming was in flesh and weakness, the middle coming is in spirit and power and the final coming will be in glory and majesty. The coming of the Lord is threefold: the third coming is between the other two and it is not visible as they are….” St. Bernard  

advent

eyes straining to see dim light, dark glass, confusion God’s future unfolds longing, not ready distracted by life’s worries how long will I wait? appearing godly barren soil destroys new life revealing parched soul another year gone unplanned, unprayed, disjointed all creation waits advent calls my name scraping scales of death from eyes God’s future […]

a time for courage

Advent is a time for courage. Beyond serene images of beautiful angels, lowing cattle, and an expectant mother, we are called to be aware of the darkness in us and around us. We are encouraged not to run from these realities by hiding our heads in the sand, but to be alert in the midst […]

mother Mary

Meister Eckhart said it this way;- “We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born.” In some circles, we are too cautious around the life and respect due to Mary in the Christmas story. I’ve bumped into readings this week that have confronted me with her unique place in […]

a prayer for the darkness

from the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, NZ. We wait in the darkness, expectantly, longingly, anxiously, thoughtfully. The darkness is our friend. In the darkness of the womb, we have all been nurtured and protected. In the darkness of the womb the Christ-child was made ready for the journey into light. It is only in the […]

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