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Day Twenty Two: Home

2 Samuel 7:1-11,16 Luke 1:46b-55 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 This year was a tumultuous one for my family and I as we sold the house that we had dreamed of, built, and lived in for fifteen years; packed a lifetime of memories into 52 boxes; and immigrated to an unfamiliar […]

Day Sixteen: War Cry

Psalm 125 1 Kings 18:1-18 Ephesians 6:10-17 There are certain passages of Scripture – particularly stories of conquest in the Old Testament – that always summon the words of an old hymn now long out of favour for its militant imagery and  imperialistic associations to mind. Today’s texts do the […]

Day Fourteen: Beyond Appearances

The book of Habakkuk is certainly an interesting one. Written probably during the Chaldean period when Babylon was at the height of her power, it is set out as dialogue between the prophet and Jehovah in which God must respond to a series of complaints regarding His punishment and providence. […]

Day Thirteen: On Track

Psalm 126 Habakkuk 3:2-6 Philippians 3:12-16 Here’s a fact that might stop you dead in your tracks: there are over thirty idioms containing the word “track” (I got side-tracked at thirty so I know there are more than that). Being from the right side or the wrong side of the […]

Day Twelve: Have Christ

Psalm 126 Habakkuk 2:1-5 Philippians 3:7-11 When my children were younger, the first (few) days of the December holidays were spent sorting through all of the stuff that they had accumulated; donating the intact things which they had outgrown to others; and tossing all of the sticky, broken, unidentifiable items […]

Day Eleven: Get Ready

Psalm 27 Malachi 2:10-31 Luke 1:5-17 The book of Malachi is the last in the Old Testament. Written after the return from exile, one might expect to find it full of the good news that the people of Israel have finally grasped the fullness of God’s love for them and […]

Day Ten: No Leftovers

Psalm 27 Isaiah 4:2-6 Acts 11:1-18 One of the constant complaints in a household containing two teenage boys (the very ones who are responsible for the problem, I might add) is that there are no leftovers for their Nana’s magical smoosh-up lunches which generally consist of the remnants of Sunday’s […]

Day Nine: Expand Your Borders

Psalm 27 Isaiah 26:7-15 Acts 2:37-42 I love the opening verse to Psalm 27 from The Message: “Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.” Light, space, zest … … that’s what life with God is all about. Would […]

Day Eight: Open Up The Way

Psalm 85:1-2,8-13 Isaiah 40:1-11 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 During the first week of Advent, our call to watch and wait for the coming of Christ found expression in our lament for God to turn us again: ~ from the busyness that dulls our aching need for a Saviour, ~ […]