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The Spirit will fill the Prophets

Dear Friends,

The Spirit will fill the Prophets

with the Word of Hope!

Acts 2: 17-21

The postman delivered a message this week for me to pass on as a gift of encouragement. It said welcome to your 2021 calendar of Hope!

Traditionally, the first candle for Advent is for HOPE so as we light it this week we have something positive to look forward to: There is HOPE. CONTINUE READING ...

My Advent giving Box

Dear Friends,

My Advent giving Box

Yesterday churches lit the first candle for Advent and tomorrow the first window of Advent calendars will be opened to reveal little — or, in some cases, BIB — treats to start the day.

Children will rush downstairs in the morning to open a window and find a chocolate or sweet with a parental warning that it cant be eaten until after school. Or they might find a note with a clue to where a hidden treasure can be found. It might seem great fun, but I imagine houses full of lost tempers as parents try to insist that children get ready for school BEFORE the treasure has been found. Good luck with that one! CONTINUE READING ...

A mother, three wise daughters and a brother

A mother, three wise daughters and a brother

1 Corinthians 1: 3-9 and Mark 13: 24-37

Where is the child?”

Cried a woman.

Where is our Hope?”

the woman cried.

As we head out of the second lockdown and into new tiered restrictions a lot of people are losing sight of Hope. She is like the missing child everyone wants to find. CONTINUE READING ...

Don’t ignore the cracks

Dear Friends,

Dont ignore the cracks

but fix them quick

to build a house where love can dwell!

I confess that I have indulged myself in watching more daytime television with a cup of tea during lockdown and I got a timely reminder from the BBC programme, Homes Under the Hammer, during the week of a lesson I learned many years ago: Dont ignore the cracks, but fix em while you can! CONTINUE READING ...

There are Stars behind the clouds

Dear Friends,

There are stars behind the clouds

Philippians 2: 3-17

The telephone calls you make this week can be like the wind that blows away the clouds to reveal stars shining in the dark sky above

You will probably telephone someone because you know there are clouds hanging over their lives and you want them to know you are thinking of them in these stormy times. I have done it many times and more often than not I find a star bringing some light into my life! CONTINUE READING ...

All lives matter…

All lives matter…

Matthew 25: 31-46

I don’t often get on my soap box in Facebook Corner, but this week I make an exception and if in the end you want to call me a “silly old goat” I hope you can be sure that you are “one of the sheep!” CONTINUE READING ...

Selling with love for the neighbours!

Dear Friends,

Selling with love for the neighbours!

Matthew 19: 16-24

Once upon a time, there was a little old woman who lived in a dream house in a street full of wonderful people she loved in a beautiful village. Sadly, the day came when she had to move a care home and there were plenty of people who wanted to buy her dream house in a street full of wonderful people in a beautiful village. So she was offered top price for a house which only someone with a lot of money could buy. So what did she do? What would you do? What would 99% of the population do when offered top price for the house they had to sell? CONTINUE READING ...