Monday 5 December
In David Attenborough’s programmes showing the desert, it is often a film of the transformation when the rain comes.
We start with barren, dry, cracked, scorched earth. It seems that nothing could live there. Indeed, it seems completely dead. Yet, with the rain comes the life that was hidden and dormant, and it happens remarkably quickly.
It sometimes feels that we are dead and lifeless, or at least that certain parts of us have closed down. But creation is waiting. It is expectant.
When things feel barren or desperate, we are yearning for the rain: yearning for the coming of Christ that washes over us continually and when he comes again will satisfy the world once and for all.
Lord, when I feel barren or desperate, answer my yearning for your living water. By your grace, help me show your life to others day by day. Amen
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26 December 2014
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