Advent… he will come!

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.

He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.

(Rowan Williams)

Found here on Cruciality

Picture is ‘Gunnersbury Frost’ by Jonny Baker on Flickr

Advent begins…

Breathe out empty yourself: of hate, of fear, of anxiety
Breathe in fill yourself with love, with life, with mercy
Breathe out empty yourself of busyness, of selfishness of greed
Breathe in fill yourself with peace, with joy, with hope
Breathe out empty yourself of idolatry, of self worship, of false gods
Breathe in fill yourself with God, with Christ, with the Holy Spirit

Christine Sine

Thought this was a great prayer as Advent gets under way. Its a reminder to take time for God and not to get overwhelmed by the busyness of the season.

Breathing out and breathing in… simples… and as Christine points out… so very scriptural:

“Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person”. (Genesis 2:7 NLT)

“Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20: 21 – 22 NLT).

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”, (2 Tim 3:16 NIV).

(And yes snow is still falling… snow on snow…)

Let it snow…

I woke this morning to snow… as did most of the country!

And I was laughing as I looked at the pictures no1 daughter had posted on Facebook of herself and her Uni friends cavorting about in the snow in the middle of the night. At least one of her friends has never seen snow before and everyone is caught up in his delight at this amazing experience… the snowball fights… snow men and snow angels (and other snow sculptures I won’t mention here!!!). Because one of the group is doing all this for the very first time… it seems as if everyone is.

Delight is such a wonderful emotion and one we so easily lose as we get older. Yet I smiled as I drew back the bedroom curtains this morning and saw the unexpected snow (it wasn’t forecast for our area) brilliant white in the sunshine and I stood for a moment lost in the wonder of it before rushing to get my heaviest dressing gown!

Now I think I need hot chocolate!!!

Still experimenting!!

I don’t know where the time has gone since August… the months seem to have flashed past in a blur of activity and now it is nearly December!! I am hoping to get the new blog off the ground over the next few weeks and I have been saving up stuff to post!

I am not good at technical change – getting used to wordpress after blogger is taking a while – but everyone tells me it is better so I am sticking with it. I’m sure it will be fine once I get going!!

At the moment I am planning my Advent services… trying to get them all sketched out… and even hymns chosen… before the end of the day. It is now 1440 and I have 2 in the bag so far. Taking a wee break to let the old brain cells regenerate… pick the weans up from school… back at my desk by 1600 with more coffee (naturally).