Do you ever read something and think ‘can I really say that?’ That’s how I often feel when I come to the line ‘forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.’ It’s a two-fold challenge: to accept that I am forgiven and to forgive others. When we don’t forgive each other,… Continue reading An Expectant Lent: Forgive Us Our Sins
“Rivers of ink have been spilt over the exact meaning of ‘give us this day our daily bread’, because the word that’s used in the Greek is a very, very strange one that you find hardly anywhere else… The simple meaning keep us going, give us what we need is all we really need to… Continue reading An Expectant Lent: Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
‘Your Kingdom come, your will be done’ is a radical line in the Lord’s Prayer. To choose God’s will over our own, to ask for that foretaste of heaven – you can’t pray these words without boldness and expectation of the living God! In the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, the character of Judas doesn’t like… Continue reading An Expectant Lent: Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done
We begin Lent with Ash Wednesday, the day we remember that from dust we came ‘and to dust we shall return.’ It’s a time to remember that the world is in a broken state; that its citizens are daily subjected to appalling horrors and terrors. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says of Ash Wednesday… Continue reading An Expectant Lent: Our Father In Heaven
Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings; Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing:… Continue reading Hear The Angels Sing: Glory To The New-Born King!
How silently, how silently The wondrous gift is given. So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heaven. No ear may hear His coming But in this world of sin Where meek souls will receive him still The dear Christ enters in. On Christmas Day 2011, the message of the Gospel was calmly… Continue reading Hear The Angels Sing: The Dear Christ Enters In
Yet with the woes of sin and strife The world has suffered long; Beneath the angel-strain have rolled Two thousand years of wrong; And man, at war with man, hears not The love-song which they bring; O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing. 1849: 14,000-15,000 civilians are massacred in… Continue reading Hear The Angels Sing: Two Thousand Years Of Wrong
O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. Advent is a special time of the year. It’s a time of waiting expectantly for what is to come; waiting to celebrate the birth of… Continue reading Hear The Angels Sing: Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall Come!
A few years ago, in a simpler time where the Student Loans Company gave me money rather than charged me interest higher than my salary-dictated loan repayments, my friend Susie and I combined our two favourite loves of chocolate and Jesus to tell the nativity story. What you can't tell from the photos is that… Continue reading The Tasty Nativity
One year since the legendary singer, songwriter, poet, author, and ladies man died, Leonard Cohen's words are still as haunting and poignant and beautiful as ever. His most famous work, 'Hallelujah,' from whose lyrics this blog has stolen its title from, is a theological masterpiece. Let me explain... My songs have come to me. I’ve… Continue reading ‘I’ll Stand Before The Lord Of Song:’ The Reception History of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’