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ADVENT reflections

Before Jesus’ birth, the angels appeared to some shepherds on the hillside outside Bethlehem.  They came announcing good news of peace and renewal – tidings of comfort and joy.

We asked 25 people to prepare a meditation for us to read and listen to every day through Advent. We are delighted to share their work with you.

God bless you as you read, listen and pray.


Poem: A sign of the times

They lie on the table, side by side

The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.

One is well worn, but cherished with pride

(Not the Bible, but the TV Guide)

One is used daily to help folks decide.

(Not the Bible: it’s the TV Guide.)

As the pages are turned, what shall they see ‘Oh, what does it matter?…turn on the TV.’

Then confusion reigns, they can’t all agree on what they shall watch on the old TV.

So they open the book in which they confide

(No, not the Bible…’s the TV Guide.)

The Word of God is seldom read.  Maybe a verse e’er they fall into bed.

Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be… not from reading the Bible – from watching TV.

So then back to the table, side by side, lay the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.

No time for prayer….no time for the Word. The plan of salvation is seldom heard.

But forgiveness of sin so full and free is found in the Bible…..NOT on TV!




This poem and passage set a real challenge to us all trying to find the time being in the presence of our Father and listening to Him. 

In this passage, we are reminded that when we don’t listen to our Father we can become like the “grass and flowers” – we wither and fall away.

As we go through Advent and prepare for the coming of Christmas… let’s be encouraged to seek and spend time in the presence of our Father.


Seeking the Lord means seeking his presence. “Presence” is a common translation of the Hebrew word “face.” So literally, we are to seek Gods “face.” 

In other words, we need to turn and face God directly.

It is in this moment standing face to face with our Father, we will hear His voice calling us back into His arms.