Hanukkah starts this evening, and we’ll be lighting pretty candles and thanking God for his great miracles. But this year I decided to do something I’d never done before, and I’ve started reading through the book of Maccabees, refreshing my mind about stuff we’d been told at school, stuff which can easily get forgotten in the sentimentality of pretty candles, in the sweet, child-centred attitude to a holiday which celebrates something that happened at the end of a very gory war.
People died. People killed people. It wasn’t pretty.
Hanukkah is sometimes referred to as the Festival of Lights, but it is also sometimes called the Feast of Dedication, and this name gives a better clue as to what it’s celebrating – the rededication of the Temple after the Greeks had desecrated it, bringing idols into the place which was supposed to be holy to God. The Greeks had tried…
There was this thing doing the rounds on the internet recently, someone’s attempt at summing up the Bible in a fun sort of internet lingo sort of way. You may have seen it, and you may have even smiled – … Continue reading →
I’ve been thinking. It’s to do with the word “relationship”, and… well, it started with reading a Christian post that talked about the difference between being a rule-follower and being someone who loves God and therefore seeks to please him. … Continue reading →
Lord, I come to you
that it’s sorted
knowing that all the stuff I’ve said and done
all the evil thoughts I’ve nursed
all the nasty, yucky stuff that’s in me -
it’s all sorted, dealt with, nailed to the cross where you died.
I thank you,
my wonderful Saviour,
that through your blood I can be cleansed and forgiven
I can come to the Creator of the whole world and call him Daddy
I can confess to him the stuff that I feel guilty about
knowing that he isn’t waiting to beat me up with a big stick
though I do deserve it
knowing that you already took the beating
so I can come to the Almighty God, King of the Universe,
confessing the stuff I’m guilty of,
knowing that it’s already dealt with
knowing that his answer will always be the same: neither do I condemn you. go and sin no more.
I just needed to verbalise some stuff, started from something I’d realised about myself and ended with realising something more profound.
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because he is wonderful
but not just that
he is the only answer
because he is
the only way
but not just that
he is wonderful
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Someone called me a kind person today. Someone who doesn’t know me very well. Me, I know myself. And so, when this Bible passage was read out last Sunday in church, I burst into tears: Love is patient and kind; love does … Continue reading →