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Day Thirty Five: Enter The Mystery

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Embodied God, on the ladder between the home of heaven and earth’s dwelling place, the crack between the worlds, a baby journeyed, belonging to both. Tess Ward Epiphany is the story of the Wise Men – philosophers, astrologers, or mystics – […]

Day Thirty Four: Subversive

Psalm 110 Proverbs 22:1-9 Luke 6:27-31 Most of us have, at some time in our lives, heard – sometimes incessantly – the phrase: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s the golden rule of human interaction; and a definite go-to phrase in most mothers’ “raising […]

Day Thirty Three: In Spite Of

Psalm 110 Proverbs 3:1-12 James 4:11-17 I’ve been thinking a lot this week about how often God’s power, God’s presence, God’s purpose, is made manifest in spite of, rather than because of, me …. I know, as Christians, we are called to be light to the world as we walk […]

Day Thirty Two: Within-Without

Psalm 110 Proverbs 1:20-33 James 4:1-10 Over countless meals with family, friends and/or acquaintances, talk turns – every time – to the terrible state that the world is in … … the dishonesty, bigotry, and greed of many of her leaders; and the corruptive power of power … … the […]

Day Thirty One: Other-Wise

Psalm 148 Proverbs 1:1-7 James 3:13-18 The book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings which distil God’s truth for good living. Short, insightful, and often humorous, they cover every aspect of human experience – from marriage and parenting to government and economics to lifestyle and habits – presenting […]

Day Thirty: Mindful

Psalm 8 Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 Revelation 21:1-6a Matthew 25:31-46 I write this for these words are trustworthy and true: God makes all things new! (Revelation 21:5) A new day, a new year; handcrafted by He-who-makes-all-things-beautiful in itself and in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) A new heaven, a new earth; tears gone, […]

Day Twenty Nine: Liminal Living

Psalm 148
 Isaiah 61:10-62:3 
Luke 2:22-40
 Galatians 4:4-7 “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning 
but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instil in us.”
 Hal Borland What beautiful, and pertinent, Scriptures, for this liminal time: the old year making way minute by minute […]

Day Twenty Eight: A Word to The Wise

Psalm 148 Proverbs 9:1-12 2 Peter 3:8-13 We are just two days away from 2018 and social media is full of (and has been for a while) sponsored ads for: ~ the diary/day planner/goal visualiser that will help you achieve all of your targets and desires; ~ the not-a-diet-but-a-step-to-better-health program […]

Day Twenty Six: Too Sad To Tell

Psalm 148 Jeremiah 31:15-17 Matthew 2:13-18 In the Godly Play enrichment lesson entitled “The Mystery Of Christmas,” older children are introduced to a part of the Christmas story that is often left out. “It’s no wonder people do not tell this part,” the storyteller says. “It’s too sad. It’s called […]