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Fiiive Goo-old Rings; Four Calling birds…

December 29, 2013

Christmas #2 happened this weekend which was lovely. Children were fun and noisy, parents were wonderful and the grandchildren and the dog very well behaved!!! (See what I did there?!)

There were 25 of us at the church I was preaching at this morning as we were thinking about the flight to Egypt and the massacre of the innocents. I find this season so full of juxtapositions: 4 days ago we were talking about angels and shepherds and gifts, and now a king ordering the killing of a whole generation of baby boys in Bethlehem. A frosty, car scraping, morning departure for church with 2 RTA’s seen en-route and returning in bright sunshine to happy children playing outside and inside and giggling louder than should be humanly possible! A God who is with us in exile and return home. A God in our midst, understanding every part of our human experience and who knows intimately the trials as He knows the joys. This is the majesty and mystery of this season: God is with us. I know I keep saying it, but I think it is worth saying, on repeat.

Hope your weekend has been a good one… Hope your New Year celebration plans are going well?!

7 days to go! 🙂

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