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  Thursday
Dec-12
Thought For The Week

'If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.' ~Senegalese Proverb

We are not good at waiting. We want to move on, go to the next place and do the next job. Dr. Seuss in his book called "Oh the Places You'll Go", talks about a place called 'the waiting place'. He describes it as a useless place where we all have to go; "Waiting for a train or a bus to come or a plane to go or the post to come or the rain to come. We wait around for a Yes or No. Everyone is just waiting."

But waiting doesn't always have to be seen negatively. Waiting can also be a blessing and something good and positive. The season of Advent is all about waiting. It gives us time to prepare while we wait for Christmas. It is a time to pause and reflect.

It is also a time to make our waiting more productive. We can reach out and help others. We can support charities like St Vincent De Paul. We can be mindful of a bereaved person or someone we know who is struggling. It is not about having all the answers or having the right words. A much more important gift to that person is our presence and that we care enough to say hello and check in with them. It is often the little things that make the biggest difference.

As we wait during Advent we can also keep our expectations realistic and grounded. If we have high expectations and are hoping for a perfect Christmas, then we are setting ourselves up for a big disappointment. It rarely happens that everything goes completely right. The story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus is a story that is far from perfect.

In an ideal world Jesus would have been born in a nice sheltered warm and cosy room. It would have been safe and secure. But that wasn't to be. An obscure, humble and simple stable was the next best thing. The stable holds all our stories. We know that life is far from perfect and so the stable holds our story and everything that is going on for us. Our sense is that God also understands our story, our complexities and everything that is going on for us. God journeys with us each day as we are.

This is what Christmas is all about. It is worth waiting for. Advent makes sure that we give ourselves every chance to wait as best we can.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-11
Thought For The Week

'If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.' ~Senegalese Proverb

We are not good at waiting. We want to move on, go to the next place and do the next job. Dr. Seuss in his book called "Oh the Places You'll Go", talks about a place called 'the waiting place'. He describes it as a useless place where we all have to go; "Waiting for a train or a bus to come or a plane to go or the post to come or the rain to come. We wait around for a Yes or No. Everyone is just waiting."

But waiting doesn't always have to be seen negatively. Waiting can also be a blessing and something good and positive. The season of Advent is all about waiting. It gives us time to prepare while we wait for Christmas. It is a time to pause and reflect.

It is also a time to make our waiting more productive. We can reach out and help others. We can support charities like St Vincent De Paul. We can be mindful of a bereaved person or someone we know who is struggling. It is not about having all the answers or having the right words. A much more important gift to that person is our presence and that we care enough to say hello and check in with them. It is often the little things that make the biggest difference.

As we wait during Advent we can also keep our expectations realistic and grounded. If we have high expectations and are hoping for a perfect Christmas, then we are setting ourselves up for a big disappointment. It rarely happens that everything goes completely right. The story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus is a story that is far from perfect.

In an ideal world Jesus would have been born in a nice sheltered warm and cosy room. It would have been safe and secure. But that wasn't to be. An obscure, humble and simple stable was the next best thing. The stable holds all our stories. We know that life is far from perfect and so the stable holds our story and everything that is going on for us. Our sense is that God also understands our story, our complexities and everything that is going on for us. God journeys with us each day as we are.

This is what Christmas is all about. It is worth waiting for. Advent makes sure that we give ourselves every chance to wait as best we can.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-10
Thought For The Week

'If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.' ~Senegalese Proverb

We are not good at waiting. We want to move on, go to the next place and do the next job. Dr. Seuss in his book called "Oh the Places You'll Go", talks about a place called 'the waiting place'. He describes it as a useless place where we all have to go; "Waiting for a train or a bus to come or a plane to go or the post to come or the rain to come. We wait around for a Yes or No. Everyone is just waiting."

But waiting doesn't always have to be seen negatively. Waiting can also be a blessing and something good and positive. The season of Advent is all about waiting. It gives us time to prepare while we wait for Christmas. It is a time to pause and reflect.

It is also a time to make our waiting more productive. We can reach out and help others. We can support charities like St Vincent De Paul. We can be mindful of a bereaved person or someone we know who is struggling. It is not about having all the answers or having the right words. A much more important gift to that person is our presence and that we care enough to say hello and check in with them. It is often the little things that make the biggest difference.

As we wait during Advent we can also keep our expectations realistic and grounded. If we have high expectations and are hoping for a perfect Christmas, then we are setting ourselves up for a big disappointment. It rarely happens that everything goes completely right. The story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus is a story that is far from perfect.

In an ideal world Jesus would have been born in a nice sheltered warm and cosy room. It would have been safe and secure. But that wasn't to be. An obscure, humble and simple stable was the next best thing. The stable holds all our stories. We know that life is far from perfect and so the stable holds our story and everything that is going on for us. Our sense is that God also understands our story, our complexities and everything that is going on for us. God journeys with us each day as we are.

This is what Christmas is all about. It is worth waiting for. Advent makes sure that we give ourselves every chance to wait as best we can.
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-09
Thought For The Week

'If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.' ~Senegalese Proverb

We are not good at waiting. We want to move on, go to the next place and do the next job. Dr. Seuss in his book called "Oh the Places You'll Go", talks about a place called 'the waiting place'. He describes it as a useless place where we all have to go; "Waiting for a train or a bus to come or a plane to go or the post to come or the rain to come. We wait around for a Yes or No. Everyone is just waiting."

But waiting doesn't always have to be seen negatively. Waiting can also be a blessing and something good and positive. The season of Advent is all about waiting. It gives us time to prepare while we wait for Christmas. It is a time to pause and reflect.

It is also a time to make our waiting more productive. We can reach out and help others. We can support charities like St Vincent De Paul. We can be mindful of a bereaved person or someone we know who is struggling. It is not about having all the answers or having the right words. A much more important gift to that person is our presence and that we care enough to say hello and check in with them. It is often the little things that make the biggest difference.

As we wait during Advent we can also keep our expectations realistic and grounded. If we have high expectations and are hoping for a perfect Christmas, then we are setting ourselves up for a big disappointment. It rarely happens that everything goes completely right. The story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus is a story that is far from perfect.

In an ideal world Jesus would have been born in a nice sheltered warm and cosy room. It would have been safe and secure. But that wasn't to be. An obscure, humble and simple stable was the next best thing. The stable holds all our stories. We know that life is far from perfect and so the stable holds our story and everything that is going on for us. Our sense is that God also understands our story, our complexities and everything that is going on for us. God journeys with us each day as we are.

This is what Christmas is all about. It is worth waiting for. Advent makes sure that we give ourselves every chance to wait as best we can.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-08
'Perfection is the ability to incorporate imperfection. There's no other way to live. You either incorporate imperfection or you fall into denial. That's how the Spirit moves in or out of our lives.' ~Richard Rohr

In a Navajo rug there is always an imperfection woven into the rug. The pattern is perfect and then there's one part of it that clearly looks like a mistake. But this is part of the plan, part of the Eastern mind that there is no such thing as perfection. It's a mindset that Jesus would have been much closer to and one that he often worked out of. In the western world we have built everything up around perfection especially looks, fashion and accessories. Christmas has been set up around perfection. The mindset is if you have a perfect Christmas then you'll be perfectly happy. This is false and so wide of the mark. It just can't happen. When we embrace all the imperfections in our lives and get on with the task of doing our best, then life and Christmas can take on much more meaning.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-07
Thought For The Week

'The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon, the likes of which we have never seen before. What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running, for rushing, for worrying and for pushing. Wait. Something is on the horizon.' ~Jan L. Richardson

It's hard to believe that last Sunday was the first day of December. The year has slipped by so quickly. In Latin, 'Decem' means 10 and December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar. But January and February were later added to take account of the winter months. It is one of seven months with the length of 31 days. December starts on the same day as September every year and ends on the same day as April as well. The main highlight of the coming month is of course Christmas.

On our Christian calendar it is a hugely special celebration. To give us a chance to anticipate and look forward to this celebration, the season of Advent was created. It's a lovely time to reflect on the really important things in life, to reflect on our own personal stuff and to reflect on what the real meaning of Christmas might mean for us.

Advent in reality though brushes past us. In an ideal world it would be great to pause and reflect. Advent sound good and means well but often falls well short. This is mainly because we are too busy and preoccupied with the hectic build up to Christmas. This hectic pace is relentless and almost unstoppable. No wonder many arrive at Christmas exhausted.

We can waste lots of energy complaining about how commercialised Christmas has become or how we have lost the real meaning of Christmas. But all the complaining in the world is not going to change anything. What we can change though is our response to these coming weeks before Christmas.

Yes it is a busy time but Advent is also a beautiful opportunity to reclaim some 'me time'. It is up to each of us to avoid getting sucked into the slipstream of busyness. It is up to us to create our time for quiet reflection and to create time for the really important things in life. Advent brushes past so many but it doesn't have to. How will Advent 2019 be for you this year?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-06
'Yes, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love, generosity and devotion exist. How dreary our world if there were no Santa Claus. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.' ~Francis Church

Today is the feast of St.Nicholas. He came from a wealthy family and decided to give all his money to the poor. He always did so quietly and without fuss. He would drop some gold coins down the chimney of those who were really poor. People wondered who the generous donor was. One day someone found out it was Nicholas. His name and fame began to spread to many countries and so Santa Claus as we know him today came into being. We give gifts at Christmas because we know deep within that its good to express our love for those who are special and important to us. Thanks to Nicholas, Santa is alive and well. Our world would be such a darker place without his inspiring presence.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-05
Thought For The Week

'The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon, the likes of which we have never seen before. What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running, for rushing, for worrying and for pushing. Wait. Something is on the horizon.' ~Jan L. Richardson

It's hard to believe that last Sunday was the first day of December. The year has slipped by so quickly. In Latin, 'Decem' means 10 and December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar. But January and February were later added to take account of the winter months. It is one of seven months with the length of 31 days. December starts on the same day as September every year and ends on the same day as April as well. The main highlight of the coming month is of course Christmas.

On our Christian calendar it is a hugely special celebration. To give us a chance to anticipate and look forward to this celebration, the season of Advent was created. It's a lovely time to reflect on the really important things in life, to reflect on our own personal stuff and to reflect on what the real meaning of Christmas might mean for us.

Advent in reality though brushes past us. In an ideal world it would be great to pause and reflect. Advent sound good and means well but often falls well short. This is mainly because we are too busy and preoccupied with the hectic build up to Christmas. This hectic pace is relentless and almost unstoppable. No wonder many arrive at Christmas exhausted.

We can waste lots of energy complaining about how commercialised Christmas has become or how we have lost the real meaning of Christmas. But all the complaining in the world is not going to change anything. What we can change though is our response to these coming weeks before Christmas.

Yes it is a busy time but Advent is also a beautiful opportunity to reclaim some 'me time'. It is up to each of us to avoid getting sucked into the slipstream of busyness. It is up to us to create our time for quiet reflection and to create time for the really important things in life. Advent brushes past so many but it doesn't have to. How will Advent 2019 be for you this year?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-04
Thought For The Week

'The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon, the likes of which we have never seen before. What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running, for rushing, for worrying and for pushing. Wait. Something is on the horizon.' ~Jan L. Richardson

It's hard to believe that last Sunday was the first day of December. The year has slipped by so quickly. In Latin, 'Decem' means 10 and December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar. But January and February were later added to take account of the winter months. It is one of seven months with the length of 31 days. December starts on the same day as September every year and ends on the same day as April as well. The main highlight of the coming month is of course Christmas.

On our Christian calendar it is a hugely special celebration. To give us a chance to anticipate and look forward to this celebration, the season of Advent was created. It's a lovely time to reflect on the really important things in life, to reflect on our own personal stuff and to reflect on what the real meaning of Christmas might mean for us.

Advent in reality though brushes past us. In an ideal world it would be great to pause and reflect. Advent sound good and means well but often falls well short. This is mainly because we are too busy and preoccupied with the hectic build up to Christmas. This hectic pace is relentless and almost unstoppable. No wonder many arrive at Christmas exhausted.

We can waste lots of energy complaining about how commercialised Christmas has become or how we have lost the real meaning of Christmas. But all the complaining in the world is not going to change anything. What we can change though is our response to these coming weeks before Christmas.

Yes it is a busy time but Advent is also a beautiful opportunity to reclaim some 'me time'. It is up to each of us to avoid getting sucked into the slipstream of busyness. It is up to us to create our time for quiet reflection and to create time for the really important things in life. Advent brushes past so many but it doesn't have to. How will Advent 2019 be for you this year?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-03
Thought For The Week

'The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon, the likes of which we have never seen before. What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running, for rushing, for worrying and for pushing. Wait. Something is on the horizon.' ~Jan L. Richardson

It's hard to believe that last Sunday was the first day of December. The year has slipped by so quickly. In Latin, 'Decem' means 10 and December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar. But January and February were later added to take account of the winter months. It is one of seven months with the length of 31 days. December starts on the same day as September every year and ends on the same day as April as well. The main highlight of the coming month is of course Christmas.

On our Christian calendar it is a hugely special celebration. To give us a chance to anticipate and look forward to this celebration, the season of Advent was created. It's a lovely time to reflect on the really important things in life, to reflect on our own personal stuff and to reflect on what the real meaning of Christmas might mean for us.

Advent in reality though brushes past us. In an ideal world it would be great to pause and reflect. Advent sound good and means well but often falls well short. This is mainly because we are too busy and preoccupied with the hectic build up to Christmas. This hectic pace is relentless and almost unstoppable. No wonder many arrive at Christmas exhausted.

We can waste lots of energy complaining about how commercialised Christmas has become or how we have lost the real meaning of Christmas. But all the complaining in the world is not going to change anything. What we can change though is our response to these coming weeks before Christmas.

Yes it is a busy time but Advent is also a beautiful opportunity to reclaim some 'me time'. It is up to each of us to avoid getting sucked into the slipstream of busyness. It is up to us to create our time for quiet reflection and to create time for the really important things in life. Advent brushes past so many but it doesn't have to. How will Advent 2019 be for you this year?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-02
Thought For The Week

'The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon, the likes of which we have never seen before. What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running, for rushing, for worrying and for pushing. Wait. Something is on the horizon.' ~Jan L. Richardson

It's hard to believe that yesterday was the first day of December. In Latin, 'Decem' means 10 and December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar. But January and February were later added to take account of the winter months. It is one of seven months with the length of 31 days. December starts on the same day as September every year and ends on the same day as April as well. The main highlight of the coming month is of course Christmas.

On our Christian calendar it is a hugely special celebration. To give us a chance to anticipate and look forward to this celebration, the season of Advent was created. It's a lovely time to reflect on the really important things in life, to reflect on our own personal stuff and to reflect on what the real meaning of Christmas might mean for us.

Advent in reality though brushes past us. In an ideal world it would be great to pause and reflect. Advent sound good and means well but often falls well short. This is mainly because we are too busy and preoccupied with the hectic build up to Christmas. This hectic pace is relentless and almost unstoppable. No wonder many arrive at Christmas exhausted.

We can waste lots of energy complaining about how commercialised Christmas has become or how we have lost the real meaning of Christmas. But all the complaining in the world is not going to change anything. What we can change though is our response to these coming weeks before Christmas.

Yes it is a busy time but Advent is also a beautiful opportunity to reclaim some 'me time'. It is up to each of us to avoid getting sucked into the slipstream of busyness. It is up to us to create our time for quiet reflection and to create time for the really important things in life. Advent brushes past so many but it doesn't have to. How will Advent 2019 be for you this year?
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-01
There is an old fable in which a mighty oak tree which stood for over one hundred years was finally blown over by a storm. The tree fell into a river that floated it downstream until it came to rest among the reeds growing along the riverbank. The fallen giant asked the reeds in amazement, "How is it that you were able to weather the storm that was too powerful for me an oak tree, to withstand?" The reeds replied, "All these years you stubbornly resisted the winds that swept your way. You took such pride in your strength that you refused to yield, even a little bit. We, on the other hand, have not resisted the winds, but have always bent with them. Life throws much at us and much of it outside our control. It's nearly an impossible task to try and stand up to battle everything that comes our way. Like the reeds, we can let much of what's outside our control blow through us and not uproot us.
 
 

 

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