Advent in Lent

I realised that I hadn’t shared the final few pages of my advent Words 2017 and we’re now in Lent, so here’s my mop up of the advent art devotional.


Peace to all

So I managed to get about half way through Advent before Christmas activities and preparations took over. But I want to finish my journal so I will continue to make pages based on the Advent Words 2017 which of course are appropriate at any time of the year since they are taken from Scripture.

But in the meantime I wanted to post a piece of artwork that I had printed into postcards for this year. The sentiment is Peace.

When I look at today’s news I see that the World is divided now more than ever. There seems to be a rise in nationalism and tribalism which sees the ‘other’ in negative ways and ascribes the worst of motives and intentions to ‘them’ while ascribing the best of motives and intentions to ourselves.

It is into this darkness that God sent Jesus as the light of the world; a light to reveal these ‘sins’, but also a light to bring hope and peace in the darkness of despair and conflict.

The People walking in darkness have seen a great light: on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9:2

So as we celebrate Christ’s Mass together, may you know the great peace that only the Prince of Peace can give.

Merry Christmas!

Advent 2016-6: Water of Life

” ‘The poor and needy search for water, but there is none;  their tongues are parched with thirst.

But I the Lord will answer them;  I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys.

I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.

I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.

I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together,

so that people may see and know, may consider and understand,

that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.’ “

Isaiah 41: 17 – 20

Advent 2016 – 2: The Lord binds up bruises 

“…How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you…The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.” Isaiah 30:19-26

This is a difficult passage.  On the one hand it paints a picture of hope for God’s response to our need, but on the other it suggests that some of the things we suffer are a punishment.  Without getting into an in depth study of the nature of the text, for me what stands out is that God is gracious.  Whatever the reason for our difficulties, God is waiting to respond to our call for help.  And what a response! Not just a response that repairs the damage, but a response that goes beyond anything we can imagine.  A response that causes the light to be brighter than we have ever experienced before.  

Light is a consistent theme during advent.  The people walking in darkness have seen a great light: Jesus is the light of the world.  And so perhaps these verses in Isaiah point to the coming Jesus, the light that shines on the world and makes everything, even the sun and the moon, glow brighter to drive out the darkness.

I wonder what bruises we carry that might need binding up by the one who responds with overwhelming grace and shines light in our lives?