Advent Sunday 18th December Matthew 1:18-25

She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus     Matthew 1:21

Well, the angel certainly has taken the joy out of the pregnancy question, ‘Is it a boy or girl?

As a grandmother, I watch children playing with a different perspective. Yes, I am in awe at how quickly time passes, and they grow up before my very eyes, but I look and wonder at their potential and possibilities which lay before them.

When I was seconded to Jamaica during my ministerial training, the children there taught me song, which I often hum to myself, reminding me that we are all possibilities.

I am a promise

I am a possibility

I am a promise with a capital P

I am a great big bundle of potentiality

And I’m listening, listening to hear God’s voice

And I’m trying, trying to make the right choice

I am a promise to be

Everything God wants me to be.


I wonder what Mary hoped for, for her son who was to be named Jesus ?.

God of the Arrival  

May we all be the potential that you crave for us

May we all grasp the possibility that you place before us

May you delight in our flourishing and blossoming



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