Christmas brings the hope we all need

Christmas brings the hope we all need

There’s no denying that this year has been harder than usual on people. For a lot of people it has felt, as C.S. Lewis puts it in The Chronicles of Narnia that, “It is always winter but never Christmas.”.

  • The miracle of the lost letter

    There have been times in my life when I have had to question where I am with God.  Am I still walking in God’s will for my life?

  • I forgive ME

    Forgiveness has never been an issue for me, or so I thought. To begin with, I have no problem forgiving others easily. After all, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans chapter 3, verse 23). No one is perfect and I have never expected anyone to be perfect.

  • Your children will rise up and call you blessed

    Three.

  • Change. Really?

    As we come to the end of the year a lot of people are asking questions about 2021. What will change that will be different from 2020? Has the COVID19 pandemic really changed our society? Will we work from home more? What new rhythms will the church have into the future? Can I lose my lockdown weight gain?

  • Sometimes the earth moves

    Kiwi folk singer Jess Chambers captures the mixed blessing of life in New Zealand in her song ‘Island’:

  • The words and what they said

    They told her she was worthless.

  • Now you know all about me!

    In an Asian country a young man was filling in an application form. The Bible College he was applying to required him to answer all the usual questions, and then at the end of the form he was invited to write about himself; ie to share anything that he thought would help the college understand who he was.

  • Am I doing enough?

    About a year after becoming a mother, I went to a meeting for young mums. As an ice-breaker, the leader asked us to answer the question, “What is the minimum you have to do in the morning before you will go out?”

  • Troubles of an extrovert Christian with a disability

    Friendships are hard and complicated things that are an essential part of life. I have trouble defining what a friendship is. Although, friendships can be filled with fun, laughter, love and life-giving conversations.

  • Our identity defines who we are but it depends on interests

    If people want to become celebrities, they devote themselves to what they will look like—the most handsome or most beautiful person on the planet—whether they want to be dancers, singers, et cetera.

  • Stretching for the truth!

    Stiffening joints and strained muscles are not just for the elderly. Athletes inflict a tremendous amount of pressure on their bodies in order to perform.