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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.


PSALM 34:1-8

I will extol the Lord at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me:
    let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.


I enjoy a good view – high up in the mountains seeing for miles, clouds in the skies, the trees and the colours of the seasons, or on a beach just watching the waves break…

…And hearing the sound of the waves breaking and crashing down on the shore, reminding you of the power held within them.

…And the feeling of the wind in your face and the warmth of the sun on your back as you sit there, appreciating just feeling alive.

I love the smell of freshly ground coffee and the prospect of newly brewed cup to get me going at the start of a new day…

… And the taste of a glass of red wine to embellish all the other tastes of that lovely evening meal, reminding me how good life can be.

Seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting… as human beings, we are well-equipped to enjoy creation with five senses to enable us to experience what our creator God has made.

In Psalm 34, verse 8 we are encouraged to “Taste and See that the Lord is good”.

I wonder the extent to which, day to day, we do that.

In these pandemic-diminished times, it’s been far from easy to employ our senses. We’ve struggled to mix, to see distant places, to meet and hear other people, to enjoy our church community, to experience the feeling of a hug or a kiss.

Yet in the words of the Psalm, we are encouraged to employ all our senses to appreciate God’s goodness.

And at the end of the verse there’s a promise…

“Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”

During Advent, we encourage you to see, hear, feel, taste and smell that the Lord is good, and will bless us all if we take refuge in Him.