Advent Devotional

Crimson Thread through History

5 Dec Bible reading: Joshua 2:1–2,8–11,17–18 Today we encounter another significant woman who was to feature in the genealogy of Jesus. This lady is called Rahab and she lived in Jericho during the era of Joshua. As we reflect on the coming of Christ into the world during this Advent season, we see that unexpected […]

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Perfect Timing

4 Dec Bible reading: Genesis 45:3–11 God’s timing is of the utmost importance in the Bible. This is something we rarely think or speak about in the Western Church, where, just as in the culture around us, we want the things we want instantaneously. We are used to getting what we want even when we […]

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The Promised Lamb

3 Dec Bible readings: Genesis 18:1–2,9–15; 21:1–3; 22:1–2,9–14 In today’s readings we encounter Sarah, Abraham and Isaac. As time (chronos) unfolds God is continuing to work in history towards the fulfillment of His promise of salvation. Abraham is called by God to found the nation through whom every nation would be blessed, but he and […]

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What is in a name?

2 Dec Bible reading: Genesis 4:1–2,25–26 It is exhilarating to be involved in naming a child. When I discovered I was pregnant with twins, my husband and I spent many hours dreaming up names. We did not know whether we would have two girls, two boys, or a girl and a boy, and so we […]

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Beginnings and Births

1 Dec Bible readings: Genesis 1:26–28; 3:1–6,14–15 Today, at the beginning of December, we reflect on the beginning of everything. Time itself began as God created the universe, the planets, the stars and us. The word geneseos from which we get ‘Genesis’ means ‘beginnings’, and at the beginning of life on earth we encounter the […]

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Preparing the Way

This Advent devotional is designed to be read day by day through December alongside the Bible. Each day includes a suggested Scripture reading and then some reflection upon God’s Word. There is also a suggestion for personal reflection and a prayer each day, and then a few questions to answer, under the heading ‘Consider’ It […]

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Christmas is Coming!

Advent is upon us. Last year, on 1 December, my three children came bounding into my and my husband’s bedroom at 5am, eagerly asking if it was at long last time to start their Advent calendars. My children had been anticipating the calendars, which are, in themselves, an aid to anticipating Christmas itself. Advent is […]

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