I wrote the following as a private reflection several months ago... Today I felt mocked for being someone who doesn't like attention. Today I made the mistake of choosing to allow someone else to speak because I knew they could do a better job than me (and they did). Today I made the mistake of … Continue reading “Today I felt mocked”
The angel Gabriel appeared to her and said, "Greetings, favoured woman! The Lord is with you!" Confused, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. "Don't be afraid, Mary," the angel told her, "for you have found favour with God! God is calling you and has a plan for you. He has a specific … Continue reading When God asked Mary
Santa Claus could be considered, particularly by children, as one of the ultimate gift givers. I mean, who else do you know who delivers so many presents year after year? But I wonder whether the man in red ever receives gifts. When was the last time you saw a gift tag labeled ‘To Santa’? Sure, … Continue reading Does Santa receive gifts?
Christmas is normally viewed as a happy and positive time, one filled with hope, peace, joy and love. But this isn’t the way that everyone gets to experience the season. And even the biblical story of Christmas has another side to it. Matthew 2:13-18 reads, When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared … Continue reading The other side to Christmas
A sermon that I preached at my church last night... My instructions for this week were to preach on the topic of ‘love’, with the suggestion that it might be good to connect it to some part of the Christmas story given that we are now, scarily, in December – where has the year gone? … Continue reading Love came down at Christmas?