Advent 1

These photographs represent the first week of our Advent Photography Challenge – where is God in these photographs? Where is the anticipation of Advent? What words do they make you think of?

Only by faith…

#378 For the past few days I’ve been having some #anxieties about a few #decisions I’m in the process of considering regarding next steps after #theologicalcollege. I wondered whether some sort of #timemachine or #telescopetothefuture might help to settle any concerns I have…I then realised that that could make it worse! I wonder if the future is something we find out about only when we’re truly ready or #equipped to handle it? Had I known this time last year all that would have occurred in the last twelve months, I fear it may have been too much to cope with in one go: the positive would have been met with #disbelief and feelings of #insufficiency; and the negative with #fear, #upset or even #desperation. A key thing which may be missing here is #faith…by faith I trust that God has it all worked out, by faith I trust that I and others are #listeningtogod and by faith I trust that God gives us all that we need, in good time, to deal with whatever comes our way. When I stop and meditate on the awesomeness of God, and on His abundant grace and mercy, I realise the last thing I need is a time machine!!

Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly


#369 What do you #see when you look at a field? Perhaps it depends on who or what you are. As a city girl, I see somethings exciting and beautiful. A farmer would perhaps see work, and therefore pressure. The red kites often seen flying around the area may see food possibilities, cows would see food provision. A sermon I heard this week spoke about a #spiritualperson being one who sees things differently, not just at face value but more holistically, and ultimately seeing how God sees. How challenging to not merely take things at face value in the business of the everyday – in seeing things differently the hope is that we would be enabled to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly…that is my prayer for our world this week. #micah6v8