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Comfortable 

13. Jesus was born. He was wrapped up, and placed in the animal’s hay to sleep.


Modernity had ruined contentment. There seems nothing that is more abhorrent today than being comfortable. Change has become the ideological drive of the day, everything must renew or be cast aside because it seems to be comfortable whilst being contented is all but sinful and decay.

Where though on earth can the wholeness and holiness of a child settled and sleeping lead? 

“Don’t disturb the baby” a couple receiving guests will say,”they took ages to settle!” From comfort and calmness a child grows naturally. I believe, I hope the part of Jesus development was in love and stability generated from Mary and Joseph.  

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And Yet Change is at Hand

14. Out on the hills nearby, there lived some shepherdswho were looking after their sheep. Suddenly an angel appeared and said to the shepherds, “Don’t be scared. There is wonderful news. A Saviour has been born.”

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To be quite contradictory from yesterday’s thought, into the ordinariness of shepherding sheep news of something different – “a Saviour….born.” Is the challenge of the angel – “don’t be scared!” – because the visitation or because the message? An angel would be startling, but the message is momentous. God touching life in a fleshy way alters the game of life. Faith in God is born in a baby, go and see. The occasion will change you!

But God….

Readings for Easter Sunday

Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4; and Matthew 28.1-10

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Saturday 22 April

But God raised him from the dead” I love that phrase: “But God…” It is the antidote to mess we get into in our lives, and the answer to the despair we often feel when we hear the news from around the world: “But God…” And our job as Christians, as witnessed to what God has done in Jesus Christ, is to keep that message alive. To keep alive the rumour of God in  a sceptical world, and to remind people of the possibility of approaching life in a different way. Faith not fear, hope not hate, love not lies, Our communities, our nation, our politics – and our children and grandchildren – all need to hear this message: “But God raised him from the dead” – because Easter changed everything – forever.

 Question: What difference should the message of Easter make to the way you approach the things you will be doing in the year ahead?

 Prayer: Lord, thank you that Jesus broke the power of sin and death by his resurrection from the dead. May the new life of his kingdom come into our world in me and through me today.

 

Palm Sunday Cry

Readings for Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 & Matthew 27:11-54

Thursday 6th April

On his entry into Jerusalem Jesus is cheered and exalted by the same people who will turn with cries of, “Cru34cify him! Crucify him!” Yet, when they glorify him on Palm Sunday, Jesus accepts them.

Thoughts and Prayer: We are also liable to change, one minute fired up, the next wanting to turn our backs. And yet God takes what we offer. And when we return to him, what we offer is ourselves.

 

Changing Times

Christmas Day

There is a moment in most couples lives when the world changes. The birth of a first baby is a momentous occasion that changes the way people live and act and interact as well.

The whole universe contracts into the shape of a small baby. Things that were important before now  reckon as dross and a baby, mere pounds in weight, can focus our attention and is ultimate in our lives.

From the divine to the vulnerable shell of a baby. When we talk about the incarnation, we talk about God making himself small and weak and whiny. Yes, experiencing humanity diminutive form. What we have experienced, good or bad, God has been there!

Including changing times!

  

Pointing the Obvious.

Tuesday 15th December

Traditionally any picture of John the Baptist, has the saint with  one figure raised. No not as a cricket umpire – Dickie Birdesk.

John the Baptist is a pointer, destined to diminish as Jesus’ star rose. So he is shown with finger raised. 

“Do not look to me, but to Jesus, to God,”

The looking away from self is an Advent theme for this week.

How have you pointed  away from yourself and towards Jesus this Advent?

   
   

Dreaming and Changing

Eventually the Missing Piece meets The Big O, a perfect circle with nothing missing. 


When asked to roll with The Missing Piece, The Big O explains that there is no place for The Missing Piece to fit, but “perhaps you can roll by yourself.” 


The idea of rolling by itself has never occurred to The Missing Piece and it finds the idea immediately appealing and simultaneously threatening. So it throws up false objections: “But I have sharp corners, I am not shaped for rolling..


The Big O replies, “Corners wear off… shapes change” – and with that Big O rolls off, leaving the missing piece alone once more — but, this time, with a potentially life changing idea to contemplate.


Dreaming and changing in tandem  – hard to do, or a great trial?

The Rev’d Dr. Anna Wallis – Associate Priest at Huddersfield Parish Church