Advent 4 – Stars that point to Jesus – Thursday 21st December – Hebrews 1: 1-4

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Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son v 2,3

God used many approaches to send his messages to people in the Old Testament, through visions (Isaiah), dreams (Jacob) and personally (Abraham and Moses). Yet, Jesus is not only the spokesperson for God, but he is God himself; the very God who spoke in Old Testament times. Jesus Christ is the complete embodiment of God. Jesus Christ is the fulfilment and culmination of God’s many revelations through the centuries. Let us keep focused on Jesus, the babe of Bethlehem and Prince of Peace.

Jesus Christ, you are the first born, the one is God.

Help us to always worship you in mind, body and Spirit.

Amen 

 

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Advent 2 – Stars in the heavens -Tuesday 5th December – Micah 4:6-13

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There you shall be rescued, there the Lord will redeem you v 10

Many years ago, when I was in a small caravan with my two young children, I had broken my leg. It was in a plaster cast and could not move around easily. Feeling very sorry for myself, I was wondering how on earth I was going to manage, and how could I get the girls to school. At midnight, I heard a knock on the door; it was my father, who had heard about my misfortune and had come to pick us all up to stay with him. Since his death, I have often thought about that incident. It was a wonderful illustration to me of how God redeems and rescues us, and that words spoken in haste can often leave a mark on relationships, yet my father, like God, saw beyond that.

God who redeems and rescues, cleanse us from all that stains our hearts and minds so we may see you more clearly. Amen    

 

God’s ‘Bubble wrap’

Bubble wrap ..!

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It is addictive when you hold it .. you immediately want to pop it … to feel the round spheres  and their pressure under your fingers.  It has many uses, and having received quite a bit of bubble wrap over the years. It made me think of three ways in which God uses bubble wrap for us.

Firstly as a protection … as we protect items of value in transportation with bubble wrap, so God protects us in bubble wrap of Love… buffering us from the sharp edges of life which could hurt us, gossiping , fear, and doubt. Bubble wrap also is used as a pest deterrent, so as well as God protecting us from the sharp edges, it can protect us from the slow nibbling of pride, arrogance and power. Its buffering qualities are strong, yet if we are attracted to the forces outside the bubble wrap, the spheres can puncture and leave us vulnerable.

Secondly as a warm blanket … Bubble wrap is used to cover new born infants, athletes, and people who have been exposed to the elements of the weather and so retain heat. Our Bodies respond to the warmth, a change happens…a positive reaction to the heat.  As we feel the warmth of God’s love and strength surrounding us, we are mindful of the times when the chilly winds of life have battered us about…of disappointments, redundancy, debt and illness. To be insulated and cocooned in a blanket of God’s Love for us, a rich treasure, one that we loathe to discard.

Thirdly to make us seek the child within us. Even though God delights in protecting and warming us in Love, God also delights in our laughter and enjoyment in the little things of life. The revelation we seek from popping the thin plastic circles, is an instant distresser and comforter! However, If we hold the bubble wrap up to the light, our vision is clouded and we cannot see directly through the wrap. We know there is air inside, we can feel it and hear the air explode out, yet sight is distorted. Paul writes about’ seeing through a glass dimly’. Life is a constant revelation where through relationships , physical, sexual and emotional we can start to encounter the God who dwells in life itself.

To understand God in the fullest sense, we need to seek the face of God…. not through the Bubble wrap, but in Jesus, together with the guidance and reflections of spiritual mystics of the early church Fathers and Mothers, and in spiritual contemplatives and theologian throughout the centuries.

God, be in my head, and in my understanding.
God, be in mine eyes, and in my looking.
God, be in my mouth, and in my every speaking word.
God, be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God, be at mine end, I pray.
God, be in my heart, and in every breath I take

Adaptation of a medieval prayer (from the Sarum Primer 1538)