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Christ Be With Me.

6. Another angel visited Joseph inside a dream and said to him, “Mary’s baby will also be called ‘Emmanuel” this name means that God is with us.”


All of this week has been about the breaking of God into our world. Joseph’s experience seals the event into a name. “God is with us” should be our middle name and our very nature. May your prayer be today:

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

But like Joseph don’t just sit on the knowledge – be prepared.



5. An angel, called Gabriel, came to visit Mary. He said to her, “You will have God’s baby, and will name him Jesus.”


After the ordinary the extra-ordinary. To hope or expect the extra-ordinary is not really a modern state. We are far too practical and logical to expect God breaking into life in such a prominent way. Prophets and seers are held at sceptical arms length.

Yet those who constantly proclaim God’s Kingdom still live and breath in this generation. I am not talking about the shouters on street corners or those who announce God’s doom. Jesus spoke of cups of water given, children cared for and prisoners visited. Look for and practice generosity, caring and visiting – be a present day angel proclaiming Christ’s kingdom.

Who will I give, care for or visit today. Pray and act afterward.

Simple Confession


Readings for Palm Sunday

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


 Wednesday 5th April

In the Philippian’s reading on Sunday St Paul distils his understanding of Jesus’ path to Jerusalem . From way before his Christmas birth and onward into time. A simple creed to ‘confess’ that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Placing the next few week’s thoughts centred on that one line.

 Prayer Give me wisdom and faith as I read , glory and pray the word of Paul in his letter to the Philippians 2:5-11.



Readings for Palm Sunday

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


Tuesday 4th April

For those who follow Christ, liberation comes when Jesus’ presence ignites a freedom that we ill deserve, but is freely given.

Just recognising the physical, mental and spiritual journey that Jesus made; placing that journey alongside your own pathway and the sense of liberation is because Jesus has been there before you. God has this pure empathy.

Question: Who do I know that because of their faith, act as liberated and free. What in my life speaks to others of liberation, freedom because of Christ with me?

 Prayer: Lord Jesus, speak to me, stay with me, liberate me, to do your will and to be a fellow child of God , free in your grace. Amen


Bridge or Hinge

Readings for 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 and Matthew 3.1-12


Thursday 9th March

John the Baptist seems like a hinge or maybe a bridge. He joins together the Old and the New Testaments, echoing the Old Testament prophet Elijah to prepare the way for Jesus in the New Testament. John is also a bridge between Jesus and those who are distant from him. Repent and be baptised he proclaims in order help people to cross the bridge and encounter Christ. One of the Church’s roles is to be a bridge or a hinge: holding together different elements of society, speaking out for all, and being at the interface between God and all humanity. Let us reach out to God even as we reach out to others so that people may touch upon the life of Christ through us.




Sacred Trough

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.”



Wednesday 14 December


I remember, at various stages of my children’s lives, thinking what will they become.

In Mary we have someone who we are told stored up the events and images of Jesus as a baby, as a toddler and as a teenager into adulthood. Not recorded formally, but Jesus lived and grew and thrived.

And oh how Mary must have wondered!

Paul in his letter to the Romans to be read next Sunday wrote: ‘Through Christ we have received grace….’

This is one of the reasons Mary is revered, she saw and wondered. What perfect grace she received and was involved with on a personal level.

Help me Lord in the diversions of today, to   find that the perfect gift is given as you are a part of our lives. I pray for grace sufficient for today and sufficient to share with others. Amen