Advent 3 – Stars in a dark place – Monday 11th December –  Acts 2: 37-42

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So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. v41

To the naked eye, the skies are scattered with thousands of shining stars and some shine brighter than others, however surrounding the stars is a darkness, a void which the naked eye cannot penetrate. Through Astrophysics and Science we know that the cosmos is always evolving, that new stars are being born every second, yet it is many thousands of millennium till we see them. When we are in a dark place, someone holds a hand of hope and love to us through Jesus. It may take a while before we see the fruits of that encounter, but it is there for we are changed. Look at the skies and hear the words from Acts again.

God of light and darkness, you are present in the embers of  bitterness and the birthing of faith; we thank you  Amen 


Advent …. 1.Great Expectations


Advent !… I love Advent … yet I have already succumbed to the rush of the Christmas , the consumerism , the general mayhem of chaos, struggling to put the Christ into Christmas.

I started Advent with conducting a quiet day for people who needed to stop, reflect and wait for the meaning of Christmas… yet look at me!.. quickly involved in Christmas activities . I ask myself .. what do I expect from Advent ? is it stillness ? is it preparation time ? .. or is to look ahead to the future … of my expectations what the Babe of Bethlehem will bring in my ministry and in my life and discipleship. Over the next few weeks…. from Advent right through to Epiphany, I shall be offering my thoughts and reflections on certain passages with ‘Great Expectations’ in mind. Advent for me is a period when I offer to God my life and heart at the cradle, and I wait in Great Expectations of how God will use me in the coming year

1 John 1 :5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 

In the darkness I have no identity

In the darkness I have no opinions

In the darkness no one can see me

In the darkness I am a shadow person


The Light looks frightening as it will reveal all my faults

The Light looks risky as it will show my imperfections

The Light looks warm as it creeps and disperses the shadows that surround me

The light looks strong as it permeates into every nook and cranny


As I wait to take the first step

from the shadow lands of my existence

to the open warmth of the light,

my soul flutters with excitement….


Knowing that my life never be the same

Knowing that my heart will be full of Love

Knowing that my journey will be a journey filled with Hope and Love.

Holy Spirit strengthen me to journey into the Light

Ruth Dillon