December 23, 2015

Well, it wasn’t a partridge in a pear tree or any of those other quasi-useless demonstrations of love, most of which seem incredibly pointless to this pragmatist – although I should check the market, maybe I could sell them and pay off some of my mortgage… If you send me Ten Lords-a-Leaping etc and so forth, I’ll put on a show, sell tickets and maybe get my nice front picket fence done!

I w...

December 16, 2015

Still Advent, but I wonder if you’ve ever considered Esther. Twelve months of beauty treatments before being presented before King Xerxes for consideration to replace the former queen.

Esthers’ Hebrew name was Hadassah which means “Myrtle” and implies “sweet fragrance”, but the name we know her by, has more interesting implications. Esther has been linked to Persian origins, and those of us...

December 9, 2015

This might be a little more Easter than Advent, but I find that this season actually forces me to consider the full ramifications of the decision God made to live among us here on earth.

So this week I have one thing for reflection. No matter who we are, where we come from, our experiences, our lifestyles, our gifts, talents, likes, dislikes, height, age, ethnicity, religious heritage. When...

December 2, 2015

Advent has begun. Many different denominations follow liturgical calendars, on Sunday I was in a service that used readings from one of those calendars, for the first time in a long time.

I love pomp and circumstance, and on one hand, the pomp-ier and circumstance-ier, the better! I like things that twinkle and sparkle, I like things that smell and make tinkley little noises, I like gonging...

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