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Listing January - 2017
 
  Tuesday
Jan-31
'Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.' ~Brené Brown

Tomorrow Wednesday we move into February. Already we notice a stretch in daylight and there is a hint of spring in the air. But we do not get carried away just yet. The feast of St Brigid is always celebrated on Feb 1st. Traditionally it marks the arrival of spring. The feast of St Brigid is a day to reflect on all our present blessings and all the good around us. She had time for everyone including the poor but above all she inspired people to be themselves. She encouraged them to be proud of who they were, to be proud of their roots, to be proud of their gifts and talents and to be proud of their faith.

Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. Brigid gathers our rushes of sorrow and blessings, of happiness and pain, tears and laughter, kindness and caring, of voluntary groups and organisations, of families, relations and friends, of schools and hospitals, of work, sport and recreation and all the little things we do with faith, hope and love. Brigid weaves them all with loving hands into something richer and more beautiful. For her God is always at the centre of everything we do, not just the good parts but simply everything. We ask her many blessings on us as we approach a new month tomorrow.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-30
'Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.' ~Brené Brown

This coming Wednesday we move into February. Already we notice a stretch in daylight and there is a hint of spring in the air. But we do not get carried away just yet. The feast of St Brigid is always celebrated on Feb 1st. Traditionally it marks the arrival of spring. The feast of St Brigid is a day to reflect on all our present blessings and all the good around us. She had time for everyone including the poor but above all she inspired people to be themselves. She encouraged them to be proud of who they were, to be proud of their roots, to be proud of their gifts and talents and to be proud of their faith.

Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. Brigid gathers our rushes of sorrow and blessings, of happiness and pain, tears and laughter, kindness and caring, of voluntary groups and organisations, of families, relations and friends, of schools and hospitals, of work, sport and recreation and all the little things we do with faith, hope and love. Brigid weaves them all with loving hands into something richer and more beautiful. For her God is always at the centre of everything we do, not just the good parts but simply everything. We ask her many blessings on us as we approach a new month this coming Wednesday.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-29
Thought For Today is by Fr. David O'Riordan called 'The Beatitudes' When the founder of the Taizé community, Brother Roger, died in tragic circumstances in 2005, his monks resisted all efforts to turn his grave into a shrine. The work of Taizé is evangelical with its roots in the Beatitudes. The monks emphasise the value of the provisional over the permanent. We have, after all, no lasting kingdom here.

During the summer months Taizé is a tented village; accommodations are simple in the fields, young people come for a week and then must leave. When the work of Taizé is done, one imagines the monks will fold up their tents and disappear like Bedouin into the sands.

Many of our fears about the Church are fears about the loss of permanence. What will happen us? The Church will survive wherever the Beatitudes are being lived; its tents will be wherever the Beatitudes lead.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jan-28
'When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy - care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.' ~Jean Bolen

Whatever gift or gifts you got for Christmas, I hope it was something practical and useful. It is surprising the amount of gifts people get that are never used and get put away never to be seen again. I gave my mum 10 bags of 'Gee Up' which is basically horse manure! It is classed as organic and is a beautiful soil enricher. It releases its goodness not all at once but with time. My Mum is big into her gardening and always looks forward to a garden full of colour, particularly during the spring and summer months. She was happy to get her 10 bags of organic horse manure and I was happy to provide such a practical gift.

We were at my sister's home for dinner at the start of the New Year. She had friends visiting from Cork city and the conversation turned to what we gave each other for Christmas. When they heard that I gave my mother 10 bags of horse manure they were in complete horror and rolled in laughter and amusement that I could do such a thing! The more I explained that it was an investment, that the results will come with time and that the end result will be beautiful colourful flowers, failed to make an impact. They just couldn't get the concept of giving 'horse manure' as a gift to someone! The moral of the story is you just can't win!

But adding manure to shrubs, plants, flowers and young trees does make sense. The manure slowly releases valuable nutrients that are slowly soaked up. Over time the plant flourishes, it grows, it thrives and it flowers abundantly. There is a deeper spiritual meaning too. Like adding manure, every time we nourish our spirit/soul is time well spent. It can be done in a variety of ways, from a simple quiet prayer, visiting a church, going to Mass, attending a prayer service, going for a walk, taking time to be silent, reading scripture, being mindful and lots of other ways.

But whatever we do it's like adding the manure. We may not feel the effects right away even though we sometimes do. But the real effects are revealed with time and the flowers/blessings that follow, do make it all worthwhile. Even when hit with a crisis or some challenge in life, we are in a better position to deal with it. Some may say that taking time to nourish ourselves spiritually isn't worth the effort, but many can and will say it makes all the difference. How are you going to nourish your spirit/soul this week?
 
 
 
  Friday
Jan-27
'When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy - care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.' ~Jean Bolen

Whatever gift or gifts you got for Christmas, I hope it was something practical and useful. It is surprising the amount of gifts people get that are never used and get put away never to be seen again. I gave my mum 10 bags of 'Gee Up' which is basically horse manure! It is classed as organic and is a beautiful soil enricher. It releases its goodness not all at once but with time. My Mum is big into her gardening and always looks forward to a garden full of colour, particularly during the spring and summer months. She was happy to get her 10 bags of organic horse manure and I was happy to provide such a practical gift.

We were at my sister's home for dinner at the start of the New Year. She had friends visiting from Cork city and the conversation turned to what we gave each other for Christmas. When they heard that I gave my mother 10 bags of horse manure they were in complete horror and rolled in laughter and amusement that I could do such a thing! The more I explained that it was an investment, that the results will come with time and that the end result will be beautiful colourful flowers, failed to make an impact. They just couldn't get the concept of giving 'horse manure' as a gift to someone! The moral of the story is you just can't win!

But adding manure to shrubs, plants, flowers and young trees does make sense. The manure slowly releases valuable nutrients that are slowly soaked up. Over time the plant flourishes, it grows, it thrives and it flowers abundantly. There is a deeper spiritual meaning too. Like adding manure, every time we nourish our spirit/soul is time well spent. It can be done in a variety of ways, from a simple quiet prayer, visiting a church, going to Mass, attending a prayer service, going for a walk, taking time to be silent, reading scripture, being mindful and lots of other ways.

But whatever we do it's like adding the manure. We may not feel the effects right away even though we sometimes do. But the real effects are revealed with time and the flowers/blessings that follow, do make it all worthwhile. Even when hit with a crisis or some challenge in life, we are in a better position to deal with it. Some may say that taking time to nourish ourselves spiritually isn't worth the effort, but many can and will say it makes all the difference. How are you going to nourish your spirit/soul this week?
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jan-26
'When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy - care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.' ~Jean Bolen

Whatever gift or gifts you got for Christmas, I hope it was something practical and useful. It is surprising the amount of gifts people get that are never used and get put away never to be seen again. I gave my mum 10 bags of 'Gee Up' which is basically horse manure! It is classed as organic and is a beautiful soil enricher. It releases its goodness not all at once but with time. My Mum is big into her gardening and always looks forward to a garden full of colour, particularly during the spring and summer months. She was happy to get her 10 bags of organic horse manure and I was happy to provide such a practical gift.

We were at my sister's home for dinner at the start of the New Year. She had friends visiting from Cork city and the conversation turned to what we gave each other for Christmas. When they heard that I gave my mother 10 bags of horse manure they were in complete horror and rolled in laughter and amusement that I could do such a thing! The more I explained that it was an investment, that the results will come with time and that the end result will be beautiful colourful flowers, failed to make an impact. They just couldn't get the concept of giving 'horse manure' as a gift to someone! The moral of the story is you just can't win!

But adding manure to shrubs, plants, flowers and young trees does make sense. The manure slowly releases valuable nutrients that are slowly soaked up. Over time the plant flourishes, it grows, it thrives and it flowers abundantly. There is a deeper spiritual meaning too. Like adding manure, every time we nourish our spirit/soul is time well spent. It can be done in a variety of ways, from a simple quiet prayer, visiting a church, going to Mass, attending a prayer service, going for a walk, taking time to be silent, reading scripture, being mindful and lots of other ways.

But whatever we do it's like adding the manure. We may not feel the effects right away even though we sometimes do. But the real effects are revealed with time and the flowers/blessings that follow, do make it all worthwhile. Even when hit with a crisis or some challenge in life, we are in a better position to deal with it. Some may say that taking time to nourish ourselves spiritually isn't worth the effort, but many can and will say it makes all the difference. How are you going to nourish your spirit/soul this week?
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jan-25
'When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy - care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.' ~Jean Bolen

Whatever gift or gifts you got for Christmas, I hope it was something practical and useful. It is surprising the amount of gifts people get that are never used and get put away never to be seen again. I gave my mum 10 bags of 'Gee Up' which is basically horse manure! It is classed as organic and is a beautiful soil enricher. It releases its goodness not all at once but with time. My Mum is big into her gardening and always looks forward to a garden full of colour, particularly during the spring and summer months. She was happy to get her 10 bags of organic horse manure and I was happy to provide such a practical gift.

We were at my sister's home for dinner at the start of the New Year. She had friends visiting from Cork city and the conversation turned to what we gave each other for Christmas. When they heard that I gave my mother 10 bags of horse manure they were in complete horror and rolled in laughter and amusement that I could do such a thing! The more I explained that it was an investment, that the results will come with time and that the end result will be beautiful colourful flowers, failed to make an impact. They just couldn't get the concept of giving 'horse manure' as a gift to someone! The moral of the story is you just can't win!

But adding manure to shrubs, plants, flowers and young trees does make sense. The manure slowly releases valuable nutrients that are slowly soaked up. Over time the plant flourishes, it grows, it thrives and it flowers abundantly. There is a deeper spiritual meaning too. Like adding manure, every time we nourish our spirit/soul is time well spent. It can be done in a variety of ways, from a simple quiet prayer, visiting a church, going to Mass, attending a prayer service, going for a walk, taking time to be silent, reading scripture, being mindful and lots of other ways.

But whatever we do it's like adding the manure. We may not feel the effects right away even though we sometimes do. But the real effects are revealed with time and the flowers/blessings that follow, do make it all worthwhile. Even when hit with a crisis or some challenge in life, we are in a better position to deal with it. Some may say that taking time to nourish ourselves spiritually isn't worth the effort, but many can and will say it makes all the difference. How are you going to nourish your spirit/soul this week?
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-24
'When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy - care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.' ~Jean Bolen

Whatever gift or gifts you got for Christmas, I hope it was something practical and useful. It is surprising the amount of gifts people get that are never used and get put away never to be seen again. I gave my mum 10 bags of 'Gee Up' which is basically horse manure! It is classed as organic and is a beautiful soil enricher. It releases its goodness not all at once but with time. My Mum is big into her gardening and always looks forward to a garden full of colour, particularly during the spring and summer months. She was happy to get her 10 bags of organic horse manure and I was happy to provide such a practical gift.

We were at my sister's home for dinner at the start of the New Year. She had friends visiting from Cork city and the conversation turned to what we gave each other for Christmas. When they heard that I gave my mother 10 bags of horse manure they were in complete horror and rolled in laughter and amusement that I could do such a thing! The more I explained that it was an investment, that the results will come with time and that the end result will be beautiful colourful flowers, failed to make an impact. They just couldn't get the concept of giving 'horse manure' as a gift to someone! The moral of the story is you just can't win!

But adding manure to shrubs, plants, flowers and young trees does make sense. The manure slowly releases valuable nutrients that are slowly soaked up. Over time the plant flourishes, it grows, it thrives and it flowers abundantly. There is a deeper spiritual meaning too. Like adding manure, every time we nourish our spirit/soul is time well spent. It can be done in a variety of ways, from a simple quiet prayer, visiting a church, going to Mass, attending a prayer service, going for a walk, taking time to be silent, reading scripture, being mindful and lots of other ways.

But whatever we do it's like adding the manure. We may not feel the effects right away even though we sometimes do. But the real effects are revealed with time and the flowers/blessings that follow, do make it all worthwhile. Even when hit with a crisis or some challenge in life, we are in a better position to deal with it. Some may say that taking time to nourish ourselves spiritually isn't worth the effort, but many can and will say it makes all the difference. How are you going to nourish your spirit/soul this week?
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-23
'When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy - care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.' ~Jean Bolen

Whatever gift or gifts you got for Christmas, I hope it was something practical and useful. It is surprising the amount of gifts people get that are never used and get put away never to be seen again. I gave my mum 10 bags of 'Gee Up' which is basically horse manure! It is classed as organic and is a beautiful soil enricher. It releases its goodness not all at once but with time. My Mum is big into her gardening and always looks forward to a garden full of colour, particularly during the spring and summer months. She was happy to get her 10 bags of organic horse manure and I was happy to provide such a practical gift.

We were at my sister's home for dinner at the start of the New Year. She had friends visiting from Cork city and the conversation turned to what we gave each other for Christmas. When they heard that I gave my mother 10 bags of horse manure they were in complete horror and rolled in laughter and amusement that I could do such a thing! The more I explained that it was an investment, that the results will come with time and that the end result will be beautiful colourful flowers, failed to make an impact. They just couldn't get the concept of giving 'horse manure' as a gift to someone! The moral of the story is you just can't win!

But adding manure to shrubs, plants, flowers and young trees does make sense. The manure slowly releases valuable nutrients that are slowly soaked up. Over time the plant flourishes, it grows, it thrives and it flowers abundantly. There is a deeper spiritual meaning too. Like adding manure, every time we nourish our spirit/soul is time well spent. It can be done in a variety of ways, from a simple quiet prayer, visiting a church, going to Mass, attending a prayer service, going for a walk, taking time to be silent, reading scripture, being mindful and lots of other ways.

But whatever we do it's like adding the manure. We may not feel the effects right away even though we sometimes do. But the real effects are revealed with time and the flowers/blessings that follow, do make it all worthwhile. Even when hit with a crisis or some challenge in life, we are in a better position to deal with it. Some may say that taking time to nourish ourselves spiritually isn't worth the effort, but many can and will say it makes all the difference. How are you going to nourish your spirit/soul this week?
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-22
Thought For Week

'The "I's" are keys to seizing the day. They're the ignition key that turns over the creative engine. It's the "I's" that draw from that great storehouse of talent, knowledge and experience.' ~Louis Schmier

Another "I" that is so important is the word idea. I have been at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in Dublin during the past week. The 550 amazing projects at the 2017 exhibition all started with an idea. This idea took hold, gathered pace and eventually formed a science project. The best ideas come to nothing unless nurtured and given time. We all have ideas to do something different, an idea to nourish our spiritual side, an idea to slow down, an idea to connect better with our nearest and dearest, an idea to get fitter and other ideas that we know are important. But with so many of them they drift away, fail to take root and disappear. Why not begin with one idea, give it energy, let it begin to energise you and see where it takes you?

An appropriate prayer might be the following: Lord, give me the imagination to be open to new things and ideas in my life, as I embrace this new journey through 2017. Help me to get involved in all that's good and positive, to be inspired by you and your word, to include others in all I do and the insight to see each day as a precious gift from you.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jan-21
Thought For Week

'The "I's" are keys to seizing the day. They're the ignition key that turns over the creative engine. It's the "I's" that draw from that great storehouse of talent, knowledge and experience.' ~Louis Schmier

Another "I" that is so important is the word idea. I have been at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in Dublin during the past week. The 550 amazing projects at the 2017 exhibition all started with an idea. This idea took hold, gathered pace and eventually formed a science project. The best ideas come to nothing unless nurtured and given time. We all have ideas to do something different, an idea to nourish our spiritual side, an idea to slow down, an idea to connect better with our nearest and dearest, an idea to get fitter and other ideas that we know are important. But with so many of them they drift away, fail to take root and disappear. Why not begin with one idea, give it energy, let it begin to energise you and see where it takes you?

An appropriate prayer might be the following: Lord, give me the imagination to be open to new things and ideas in my life, as I embrace this new journey through 2017. Help me to get involved in all that's good and positive, to be inspired by you and your word, to include others in all I do and the insight to see each day as a precious gift from you.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jan-20
Thought For Week

'The "I's" are keys to seizing the day. They're the ignition key that turns over the creative engine. It's the "I's" that draw from that great storehouse of talent, knowledge and experience.' ~Louis Schmier

Another "I" that is so important is the word idea. I have been at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in Dublin during the past week. The 550 amazing projects at the 2017 exhibition all started with an idea. This idea took hold, gathered pace and eventually formed a science project. The best ideas come to nothing unless nurtured and given time. We all have ideas to do something different, an idea to nourish our spiritual side, an idea to slow down, an idea to connect better with our nearest and dearest, an idea to get fitter and other ideas that we know are important. But with so many of them they drift away, fail to take root and disappear. Why not begin with one idea, give it energy, let it begin to energise you and see where it takes you?

An appropriate prayer might be the following: Lord, give me the imagination to be open to new things and ideas in my life, as I embrace this new journey through 2017. Help me to get involved in all that's good and positive, to be inspired by you and your word, to include others in all I do and the insight to see each day as a precious gift from you.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jan-19
Thought For Week

'The "I's" are keys to seizing the day. They're the ignition key that turns over the creative engine. It's the "I's" that draw from that great storehouse of talent, knowledge and experience.' ~Louis Schmier

Another "I" that is so important is the word idea. I have been at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in Dublin during the past week. The 550 amazing projects at the 2017 exhibition all started with an idea. This idea took hold, gathered pace and eventually formed a science project. The best ideas come to nothing unless nurtured and given time. We all have ideas to do something different, an idea to nourish our spiritual side, an idea to slow down, an idea to connect better with our nearest and dearest, an idea to get fitter and other ideas that we know are important. But with so many of them they drift away, fail to take root and disappear. Why not begin with one idea, give it energy, let it begin to energise you and see where it takes you.

An appropriate prayer might be the following: Lord, give me the imagination to be open to new things and ideas in my life, as I embrace this new journey through 2017. Help me to get involved in all that's good and positive, to be inspired by you and your word, to include others in all I do and the insight to see each day as a precious gift from you.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jan-18
Thought For Week

'The "I's" are keys to seizing the day. They're the ignition key that turns over the creative engine. It's the "I's" that draw from that great storehouse of talent, knowledge and experience.' ~Louis Schmier

Another "I" that is so important is the word idea. I have been at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in Dublin during the past week. The 550 amazing projects at the 2017 exhibition all started with an idea. This idea took hold, gathered pace and eventually formed a science project. The best ideas come to nothing unless nurtured and given time. We all have ideas to do something different, an idea to nourish our spiritual side, an idea to slow down, an idea to connect better with our nearest and dearest, an idea to get fitter and other ideas that we know are important. But with so many of them they drift away, fail to take root and disappear. Why not begin with one idea, give it energy, let it begin to energise you and see where it takes you.

An appropriate prayer might be the following: Lord, give me the imagination to be open to new things and ideas in my life, as I embrace this new journey through 2017. Help me to get involved in all that's good and positive, to be inspired by you and your word, to include others in all I do and the insight to see each day as a precious gift from you.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-17
Thought For Week

'The "I's" are keys to seizing the day. They're the ignition key that turns over the creative engine. It's the "I's" that draw from that great storehouse of talent, knowledge and experience.' ~Louis Schmier

Another "I" that is so important is the word idea. I have been at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in Dublin during the past week. The 550 amazing projects at the 2017 exhibition all started with an idea. This idea took hold, gathered pace and eventually formed a science project. The best ideas come to nothing unless nurtured and given time. We all have ideas to do something different, an idea to nourish our spiritual side, an idea to slow down, an idea to connect better with our nearest and dearest, an idea to get fitter and other ideas that we know are important. But with so many of them they drift away, fail to take root and disappear. Why not begin with one idea, give it energy, let it begin to energise you and see where it takes you.

An appropriate prayer might be the following: Lord, give me the imagination to be open to new things and ideas in my life, as I embrace this new journey through 2017. Help me to get involved in all that's good and positive, to be inspired by you and your word, to include others in all I do and the insight to see each day as a precious gift from you.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-16
Thought For Week

'The "I's" are keys to seizing the day. They're the ignition key that turns over the creative engine. It's the "I's" that draw from that great storehouse of talent, knowledge and experience.' ~Louis Schmier

Another "I" that is so important is the word idea. I have been at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in Dublin during the past week. The 550 amazing projects at the 2017 exhibition all started with an idea. This idea took hold, gathered pace and eventually formed a science project. The best ideas come to nothing unless nurtured and given time. We all have ideas to do something different, an idea to nourish our spiritual side, an idea to slow down, an idea to connect better with our nearest and dearest, an idea to get fitter and other ideas that we know are important. But with so many of them they drift away, fail to take root and disappear. Why not begin with one idea, give it energy, let it begin to energise you and see where it takes you.

An appropriate prayer might be the following: Lord, give me the imagination to be open to new things and ideas in my life, as I embrace this new journey through 2017. Help me to get involved in all that's good and positive, to be inspired by you and your word, to include others in all I do and the insight to see each day as a precious gift from you.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-15
 
 
 
  Friday
Jan-13
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-08
As today is the feast day of the Baptism of Jesus the following reflection is by John Byrne

1. The Baptism of Jesus marks a turning point in his life and the start of his public ministry. Recall moments when your life changed and you moved into a new phase.

2. The experience was one in which Jesus had a new sense of his own identity. What have been the experiences which have helped shaped your sense of who you are?

3. How have you come to an awareness of being a child of God, beloved by God, and one on whom rests the grace of God?

4. It is surprising that Jesus, the Saviour of the world, asks to be baptised by John. The request symbolises his desire to identify with us. At the same time he is filled with the Holy Spirit. That step of identifying with us is an important element in his being able to help us. Have you ever found that when someone identifies with you, it is easier for him/her to help you? Has your ability to identify with others had any impact on your effectiveness in helping others?
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jan-07
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jan-05
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jan-04
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that of course is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

We have all experienced those dark nights, the cold winds and a world that seems far removed from our own personal story. It is easy to feel alone, down hearted and struggling. Christmas though reminds us that we are not on our own. God is very much on our side and with us every step of the way. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it.

Christmas reminds us that the God we celebrate and follow is a God of love. This has incredible and powerful implications even when we don't fully understand them. God as love means we have a reason to keep going, we are encouraged and we have a sense of hope to keep walking the journey. Those who came to the first crib were made welcome. The same goes with us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas. Wishing you God's many blessings throughout 2017.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-03
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that of course is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

We have all experienced those dark nights, the cold winds and a world that seems far removed from our own personal story. It is easy to feel alone, down hearted and struggling. Christmas though reminds us that we are not on our own. God is very much on our side and with us every step of the way. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it.

Christmas reminds us that the God we celebrate and follow is a God of love. This has incredible and powerful implications even when we don't fully understand them. God as love means we have a reason to keep going, we are encouraged and we have a sense of hope to keep walking the journey. Those who came to the first crib were made welcome. The same goes with us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas. Wishing you God's many blessings throughout 2017.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-01
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that of course is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

We have all experienced those dark nights, the cold winds and a world that seems far removed from our own personal story. It is easy to feel alone, down hearted and struggling. Christmas though reminds us that we are not on our own. God is very much on our side and with us every step of the way. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it.

Christmas reminds us that the God we celebrate and follow is a God of love. This has incredible and powerful implications even when we don't fully understand them. God as love means we have a reason to keep going, we are encouraged and we have a sense of hope to keep walking the journey. Those who came to the first crib were made welcome. The same goes with us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas. Wishing you God's many blessings throughout 2017.
 
 

 

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