Friday 22 December
The baby Jesus was placed in a manger. Not the picturesque mangers we see in nativity plays, but an animals’ feeding trough.
Meals were an important part of Jesus’ life, he shared meals with those people that we would probably not want invite into our homes if we knew them today.
And then Jesus became a meal. Body and blood given for you. Given to all those who come to him.
None of us deserve it and none can earn it. We can only take what Christ offers and remember that as we eat his holy meal we are elevated into his kingship and brought down into the manger of that first Christmas.
This Christmas as we encounter Christ coming, let us say, “For what we about to receive make us truly thankful. Amen.”
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Thursday 15 December
The smile from someone beloved; a bright and frosty day, crisp and brilliant; a conversation that makes your day shine; an unadulterated and beautifully given gift or pleasure; anything in fact that makes your heart sing. This is the heart being magnified.
When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with joy. Mary sang a song that began with the words: “My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.”
Prayer is not just about the angst of life, but also the brilliance of life. Prayer and worship needs intercession and yet it also need the praise that expands the heart and our very being.
May my soul magnify the Lord: as I see someone smile; in the bright moments of the day; through a conversation that makes my day shine; through an unadulterated and beautifully given gift or pleasure; when my heart sings may I recognise and respond to your hand O God and simply praise! Amen
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Saturday 10 December
Jesus said that the poor will have good news brought to them. That leads me to ask ‘Well, what about the rich?’
Compared with times past we are all ridiculously rich. Compared with most people in the world we are all in this country obscenely rich – some of us more than others. At least in terms of money.
Those who have traveled to other parts of the world can testify for the generosity of those who have nothing, for the hospitality of those who can’t afford it.
Of the vibrancy of spirit of those in adversity. Of community – real community – where if I lose my job, my neighbour will feed me. In this country we have so much, and yet we often have so little.
Yes, we need the good news of Christ.
But, do we want it?
Hasten, Lord, the day when people will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit at table in your kingdom and when we shall see your Son and worship. And so today, even with our riches, as we recognise our poverty, help us to live in the light of your coming and give us a longing for your kingdom.
Maranatha: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
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