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Advent Wednesday 21st December Romans 12: 6-9

We have gifts that differ according to the grace give to us  Romans 12:6 What can we bring to the crib on Christmas morning? A Christmas carol written by Christina Rossetti, answers that question. Christina was born in 1830 and lived in London with her two brothers and one sister, who all became successful writers …

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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 …

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Advent Saturday 17th December Habakkuk 2:1

I will keep watch and see what he says to me      Habakkuk 2:1 Here is another prophet moaning and complaining. Habakkuk openly questions the worship of God and when the prophet sees injustices among his people, he asks why God does not intervene. Habakkuk is a little-known prophet who complains and moans a lot. He …

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Advent Thursday 15th December Romans 8:24-25

Now hope that is seen is not hope…but if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience  Romans 8:25 The National Lottery has been in our culture since 19th November 1994. I remember the Saturday evening when the first lottery was launched on our Television screens, and it seemed …

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Advent Wednesday 14th December Ephesians 1:17-18

With the eyes of your heart enlightened, many you know what is the hope, to which he has called you   Ephesians 1:18 Mindfulness is one of the recent meditative activities where focussing positively on your life can bring rewards. It encourages individuals to focus on the here and now, while calmly actualizing feeling and …

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Advent Tuesday 13th December Luke 2:25-38

There was also a prophet Anna. She was a great age… she never left the temple but worshipped there both day and night  Luke 2:36-37 Waiting can be a lifetime occupation, as the snippet from Luke’s Gospel tells us. Anna would have been a widow faithfully dedicating all her life to living in the temple, …

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Advent Sunday 11th December Luke 1:46-55

He has brought the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly      Luke 1:52 If ever there was a need to wait, it is now. The powerful seem to have the upper hand in politics, finances and business, but if we wait with Mary, justice will be seen and witnessed. Mary was …

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Advent Thursday 8th December Genesis 9:1-17

I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh               Genesis 9:15 Imagine what Noah is thinking ? Ok God first you instruct me to build an ark, then you ask me to bring animals from all corners of the earth, …

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Tuesday 6th December Matthew 3:1-17

And a voice from heaven said ‘This is my son, the Beloved with whom I am well pleased’                    Matthew 3:17 Jesus, did you hear that? Did you see the look on the crowd’s faces?   Jesus did you feel that? Did you feel the gentle desert …

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Advent Monday 5th December   1 Kings: 3:4-9

Give your servant  therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil            1 Kings 3:9 Discernment is often used in church or religious circles, but hardly ever in day to day living. Discernment is recognising that keen insight to distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong, and discerning …

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