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Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32 Comment We often think about the need for forgiveness when there’s been a significant conflict and of course it’s vital to forgive in those circumstances so we can reconnect and restore closeness. However, I’ve found that it’s also important to forgive...

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.  Proverbs 27:17 Comment Today is the Fourth of a series of five prayers leading up to Marriage Week (10-16 May). The theme of this year’s Marriage Week is Naked Marriage and we’re looking at the bare essentials of marriage. I love the fact that my husband is such friendly, spontaneous person....

May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer – may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.  Proverbs 5: 18-19 Comment Today is the third of a series of five prayers leading up to  Marriage Week (10-16 May). The theme of...

 “Don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.  Ephesians 4:26,27 (NLT) Comment Today is the second of a series of five prayers leading up to Marriage Week 6-10 May. I rarely explode with anger. I tend to internalise my feelings and anger...

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1...

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby...

Joy

The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign...

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and...

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:2-3 Comment This week we begin a series of reflections and prayers for Advent. I grew up with the Lutheran family tradition of...

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NLT) Comment I love the autumn especially the changing colours of leaves on the trees. As I was walking in the woods the other day I...