Star Spotting with Mary

Continuing to think about the stories we retell during Advent and Christmas, this week focussing on Mary’s ‘Magnificat’.  What does it mean for Mary to thank God for remembering His promise to Abraham and his descendants?  What does Abraham have to do with Jesus’s birth?  Well, let’s consider the story of Abram. Reflections on Genesis…

Trees at Christmas

Reflections on Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12 As I read these scriptures for Advent week 2, I was captivated by the tree imagery. Isaiah has Jesse’s tree trunk with new growth coming out of it, and the gospel reading has John the Baptist warning the Pharisees and Sadducees about trees and fruit, with God wielding…

Beginnings and Endings

Reflections on Genesis 1&2 and Matthew 24:36-44   Over advent, I’m reflecting on the Biblical stories that we have of God. What do these stories say about God? But also what do these stories say about us, about how we experience God? I started in the beginning. When God sets up a home for people, but…

Antelopes and Nets

I remember the first time I saw a dead deer strapped to a truck. It was deer hunting season – and folks have their reasons for hunting deer – but I was a kid.  The sight made me sad. Seeing such a beautiful, strong animal (possibly killed because of the size of its antlers) lying…

When Cancer keeps you awake

A prayer based on Psalm 77   “I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.”1   I can’t sleep, God. I keep thinking about Cancer. I…

A Prayer about Cancer

based on Psalm 79   God, cancer is invading the bodies of your people, Our own cells are turning against us Cells you created for good, building blocks of your temples Cells that are threatening to reduce our bodies to rubbish Your temples to dust   We are decaying inside out, the cells yes, but…

Who are you voting for?

I received my overseas ballot for the upcoming American Presidential election, and suddenly I realised the problem facing every American.  It isn’t just enough to know who you don’t want to be President of the United States of America.  The ballot has a long list of names – not just two – and nowhere is…