Peace on Earth

“Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace; goodwill toward men!” – so sang the angels to the awestruck shepherds when Jesus was born (Luke 2:14). But what did they mean by peace? Most of us, if asked to define “peace”, would think either of the absence of war, or on a more personal level, the absence of obtrusive noise or worry. However, when we look carefully at the Scriptures, we find a very different definition. Ever since Adam and Eve chose to disobey God in the Garden of Eden, humans – in fact the whole of creation – have been out of sync with Him.

Where was Jesus born?

Where was Jesus born? Not quite the romantic setting imagined by Christmas card artists, maybe the only space available in a crowded ancestral home in Bethlehem. In any case, it was specially prepared by God for the birth of His son, one day still to be King of this world! https://bit.

Christmas Lights

Pretty? Gawdy? Elegant? Over-the-top? Everyone has their own view on Christmas lights – especially other people’s! But we can perhaps all agree that, like them or not, they are certainly cheery at a time of so much darkness. This year I have noticed that there are more Christmas lights up than ever. My local farm shop tells me that they have sold more Christmas trees than before too, and are struggling to keep up with the demand for turkeys and other Christmas treats.

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