Two Turtle Doves

26 December 2014

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The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God’s self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.

Jesus is God’s greatest gift to us. The “two turtle doves”, the Old Testament and the New Testament, testify to His goodness and mercy and love. God relationship with humanity and the fulfilment of a promise. We are not alone, God understands our very nature and self. In the end Jesus leaves us with Peace and hope, the knowledge that He will return for us, the promise of eternal life with Him.

Today, the dove, a small white delicate bird, has become identified with Peace. From the first Peace, when the dove returned to Noah’s ark carrying a freshly plucked olive leaf, a sign that Peace between God and man had returned to the earth, to the new Peace, our redemption through Jesus Christ.

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

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