December 24, 2019

There is something so precious about cradling a newborn. 

I have had the privilege of being passed both a newborn niece and nephew to cradle this year within hours of their births. As I held them each of them, I felt a deep desire to want to pray for them, to thank...

December 24, 2019

We are all I am without a doubt, familiar with longing.

It is a feeling that we become acquainted with from a fledgling age. The urgent longing we feel for a parent to buy us an ice-cream from the shop, the excitable longing the night before Christmas when there are p...

December 22, 2019

Once upon a time, around three and a half thousand years ago, the word of the LORD came to an old Babylonian man living as an alien in the land of Canaan. The aged sojourner’s name was Abraham and he was very wealthy in livestock, silver, and gold, but despite all his...

December 22, 2019

You may have experienced, as I have, the ‘big box’ Christmas prank. A huge wrapped box is presented amid a chorus of “what can it be?”, then layers of wrapping shed revealing a slightly smaller box within and then another and so on, until only a small box remains conta...

December 21, 2019

“O come, O come, Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appears

                                                                   Rejoice! Rejoice!”...

December 20, 2019

I’ve never been great at waiting. I’ll be honest, I’m terrible at it.

Patience is a virtue, they say. But I look at my little seven-month old son hitting the floor impatiently and he doesn’t have it either. He’s just learned to crawl but he already wants to be walking....

December 18, 2019

As we come to Christmas it is the mark that another year is almost over.  This rhythm of the year often brings us to reflection on the year that has passed. If we have experienced the unexpected this year, Christmas can make the rawness of that a more jarring experienc...

November 30, 2019

My prayer is that this devotional will assist you to spend time with the author of the Christmas Story this December. That in doing so, you will better understand him as the author of all stories, be able to grasp a little more the wonder of the author entering the sto...

December 14, 2017

NT Wright a New Testament scholar puts it this way:

"Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection.
Made for joy, we settle for pleasure.
Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance.
Made for relationship, we insist on our own way.
Made for beauty, we are satisfied...

December 8, 2017

The first Sunday of Advent we focused on HOPE.

The second Sunday of Advent, commencing December 10, focuses us toward PEACE.

This often is communicated in multiple ways.

And discussion in these areas as to what kind of PEACE we are gifted with as disciples of Christ...

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