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Photo Meditation – A New Door Opens

December 30, 2011 1 comment

From Celtic Daily Prayer, the Northumbria Community

‘This Day is a new day that has never been before,

This Year is a new year – the opening door:

Enter Lord Jesus; we have joy in your coming,

You have given us life – and we welcome your coming’

‘For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries’ – from The Bible

Doors in life rarely open without opposition. There is opportunity in every difficulty and often difficulties spring up to hinder opportunities. The door to 2011 is shutting fast behind us and today we look ahead to the open door of 2012.

We are poised on the edge of yet another year: full of opportunities, yes, and certainly difficulties as well. We cannot re-live 2011 so instead it’s best we turn our attention to the New Year ahead.

What will the year hold? None of us know but I’d like to think that we will all experience the following:

A closer walk and deepening fellowship with God plus a time of greater usefulness to the Kingdom.

In Celtic Daily Prayer, Amund Karner writes:

‘I ask not to fly from the world but to be involved with the world. I am in the world but also in the presence of Jesus. I listen for His word to a broken world. He sees my brokenness and the brokenness of the world around me. I stand in God’s presence looking at Him, listening to Him, bringing to Him the things of the world that have filled my vision. I listen for His word. Be Thou my vision, O Lord’. 

Truly a new door is opening – may this be a year of great opportunities for you.

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Photo Meditation – A very Happy Christmas to all readers!

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Christ is at the very centre of Christmas.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all people.

5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Gospel of John, Chapter 1: 1-14 (NIV)

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