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Bethlehem Birth

The gift of Christmas in all the elements of the gift-wrapping and packaging of Bethlehem in Judea, in fulfilment of ancient prophecy. -- 'born this day a Saviour Who is Christ - the Lord!'

The Lord's Supper

God so loved the world (cosmos)...

A brief meditation on John 3: 16,17

Writing in the Washington Post, March 8, 2018, Sarah Pulliam Bailey introduces -- and may re-introduce to many, the Christian author Madeline L’Engle who apparently managed through the years by her

Manger Scene

We never know, can never fathom fully, the lasting power of our actions, the staying power of our words - even one little sentence, one little phrase; one little word.

sun peering over earth's surface

St. John's Prologue to his Gospel record is the depiction of new creation that not only harkens back to the original Creation but also shows God's new creating work - once again through Jesus.

Lake scene

"The earth is the Lord's... Psalm 24:1

We belong to the One who created us. And we are privileged to be stewards of all creation (not that we've been very good at it).

rugged landscape and Mediterranean Sea

I met a man from Syria who only a short time before had come to faith in Jesus Christ. In the brief time I had with him, he shared how he first encountered the Saviour.

Pieta

We love God who first loved us.

The Christ has died, reversed the flow
Of history, time and weal and woe;
The crimson tide that spreads its store
Has brought its cleansing to our shore.

Books, study, chair

So, God meets us (we are told) in the midst of life. Comes to any one of us, young or old, rich or poor, busy and unconcerned or not.

Gathered around the Manger

It was difficult at first for God’s People who were accepting Jesus as the promised and hoped-for Messiah to allow that perhaps He too was come for the deliverance of the whole world.

Noel sign and ornament

Hebrews 2:11 – “Both the one who makes mankind holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.”

Year ago now, British author Dorothy Sayers wrote a murder mystery of this title - 'Whose Body?'. That title helps us also, to explore the doctrine of the incarnation.

Statue of Jesus in Rome

Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace.
God became man, the Word was made flesh.
Christ was born of a Virgin. Christ suffered. Christ was crucified.

You know the grace of our Lord Jesus, how that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor – that we through His poverty might become rich. — St. Paul (2 Corinthians 8:9)

True Enough

sepia creche

Real worth is found in the Babe of Bethlehem, in the Christ of Glory!

Christ, St. Mungo’s Cathedral, Glasgow, Scotland

Prudentius Clemens Aurelius lived between 348 and 410 AD. A lawyer by training he was for many years employed in the civil service of Spain.

Iona chapel window

I love all the Christmas music -- the cantatas, the carols. I also really like some old Christmas poems. Here’s one by Christopher Fry” -

Christmas by Candlelight: St. John's Prologue

John 1:11 - "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him."

Our planet is but a small spec in a galaxy which is itself part of billions of stars and planets. And yes, from a distance it seems so beautiful, so ordered, peaceful and calm.

Is there a more poignant and powerful carol than: ‘Joy to the World’ ? Well actually, I love them all, all the carols.

sunflower

Advent is a Season of waiting. Christians begin a new wait (not a wake, though we should come awake) each year, as the Christian Calendar commences it's own season passings.

Followers of Jesus have the potential of - through prayer, pulling into the created world and order of things, an even greater Real - of the fullness of Life in what Jesus called God's Kingdom.

I have visited various places in the world, and accumulated thousands of photographs and movies.

The Christian heresies spring from the fact that man does not take seriously the known ground of divine immanence in Jesus Christ, so that from its revelation, instead of apprehending Jesus Christ

Holy Island of Iona, Looking West

George F. MacLeod, founder of the Iona Community, wrote many wonderful prayers.

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