Thursday, 11 December 2008

A Reflective Advent

Thank you to all of you for your prayers and good wishes, and for your practical help in recent weeks. My hand continues to heal, but frustratingly slowly. I hope to be able to get back to normal after Christmas.

So, I am still one-handed, unable to drive, and have had to cancel several events. But I do feel curiously blessed! Due to your faithful generosity, and to some surprising gifts, my ministry has so far escaped the credit-crunch. Thank you - you really do enable all that I do. And this unexpected gap in my schedule gives me a welcome space in which to write creatively. Maybe these unpleasant circumstances are somehow part of God's plan, much like Mary & Joseph's highly inconvenient journey to Bethlehem! Green Pastures have published an article that I wrote about my 'woundedness': you can read it here.

Words are flowing and I am enjoying a very reflective Advent; using this down-time to work on completing the manuscript for a Christmas book. The more I immerse myself in the mystery of Christ's birth, the more I want to get down on my knees in wonder!

I pray that you too will have a renewed sense of wonder this Christmas. May you know love and laughter, joy and hope, and the presence of the Christ-child in your hearts.

Merry Christmas!