I went with the Bishop fo Grantham to a Confirmation Service at St. George’s Church in Stamford. It was a great service and there was a time of sharing of faith…why the candidates had chosen to / been called to be confirmed within the service. Katrina shared this poem she had written:
Part The Curtains
Does not beauty shine forth behind the clouds?
Does not light overrule the darkness?
God’s light is like the sun above the clouds,
And when the clouds part, does not a banner of hope come forth?
A golden beacon,
A candle in the dark.
Does not a smile appear upon your face,
At the sight of such beauty and hope?
Don’t give up hoping,
Don’t live in despair.
Christ is watching from behind the clouds,
Waiting for you to part the curtains,
And embrace the light.
By Katrina Sissins
I came across this prayer for Lent on Godspace…
We have chosen to fast
Not with ashes but with actions
Not with sackcloth but in sharing
Not in thoughts but in deeds
We will give up our abundance
To share our food with the hungry
We will give up our comfort
To provide homes for the destitute
We will give up our fashions
To see the naked clothed
We will share where others hoard
We will free where others oppress
We will heal where others harm
Then God’s light will break out on us
God’s healing will quickly appear
God will guide us always
God’s righteousness will go before us
We will find our joy in the Lord
We will be like a well watered garden
We will be called repairers of broken walls
Together we will feast at God’s banquet table
by Christine Sine
I found this image on Jonny Bakers blog – it can be used for an Advent / Christmas card. I think the image is beautiful and speaks of the mystery of Advent also I really like is the line he’s taken from an advent prayer by cheryl lawrie in her book hold this space.