At Christmas, we mark the birth of Christ. Increasingly, I am beginning to wonder if in the Church of England, we have started to re-enact the birth of Christ?
The Mhinisteir is coming under pressure to cancel the Sunday services on boxing day. The reason given is people will be tired after Christmas! I am gobsmacked!
I am appalled that some churches are doing away with their Sunday services on boxing day this year. Sadly, they have bought into the Christmas frenzy and have started re-enacting the birth of Christ.
According to Canons of the Church of England, there is to be at least one holy communion service in a parish church on a Sunday unless you have special permission like during the time of the first lockdown.
God willing, I plan to go to the service on Christmas day to mark the birth of Christ and I will go to the Sunday service the next day because it is required of me to keep the sabbath day holy.
Today would have been old Mrs Bear’s birthday. Sadly, Old Mrs Bear passed away last year.
I have just finished writing a letter to her husband, old Mr Bear. Old Mr Bear has been poorly and he is quite deaf so telephone conversations are difficult. However, I want him to know that he is not forgotten and that he will always be our favourite bear!
Now that I have finished writing the letter, I feel so sad as I will probably never get to see him in person ever again!!!
I never wanted to read Pilgrim’s progress as I always associated it as a “holy Joe’s” book.
In my circle in Scotland, people went on and on about John Bunyan’s pilgrim’s progress that it actually put me off the book. I had never read it and had no desire to read it until late summer this year!
It is one of the hardest books that I have ever read in my entire life but it was worth every minute of my time. I started reading it in late summer and only finished reading it about a week ago! I struggled to read it because Christian’s journey is so true to mine. I needed to take a couple of days to ponder on the few pages that I read each week!
I am unable to do a proper review because trying to do one will be like trying to review the Holy Bible!
In short, the book is about Christian who is a pilgrim in this world and his journey to the celestial city. It is a wonderful reminder to the reader of the ups and downs of Christian life.
The Author John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s progress when he was in jail. A tinker by trade and though not ordained, he preached in pulpits when invited. It was his preaching as an unauthorised person that got him imprisoned. He was imprisoned from November 1660 to May 1672 and again for six months in 1676. It was during his second stint in prison that he started writing Pilgrim’s Progress.
Today, Pilgrim’s progress is regarded as one of the best theological fiction in English literature. It has been translated in over 200 languages and has never been out of print.
It is a book worth reading especially if you are a Christian!
This time yesterday, the Mhinisteir called out to me informing me of the death of the famous Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona. I wasn’t totally surprised by the news but I was greatly saddened and still am.
I do enjoy good football especially the World Cup and yes, I do know the offside rule! People are usually stunned when I tell them that I enjoy watching a good game of football. Apparently I don’t have “that face”. I didn’t know you had to belong to a certain socio economic group to enjoy football. My father who is now an old man is a big football fan and a bigger Maradona fan.
I am saddened that for someone so gifted, Maradona’s life was full of trouble till the end. As a Christian, my mind always wonders to spiritual things……I can never forget his “hand of God” goal. What made him say that?
Every Sunday, we recite the Eucharistic Acclamation which is “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. It is for this reason that we Christians celebrate Christmas for without the birth of Christ, there is no hope. Because of Christ even the worst sinner has got hope.
I listen to the Daily Service on Radio 4 long wave but am not always very pleased with the choice of presenters. I am surprised by the high number of non clergy who present it.
I am High Church but not Anglo Catholic: I like the service to be traditional and preferably by a member of the clergy. I am happy with a fair balance of traditional and non traditional services but often times, they are more non traditional than traditional.
The theme yesterday was the Criminal Justice System. During prayer, the clergy person addressed prisoners as God’s children! I am no theologian but I was taken aback by that particular description. I know that God is our Creator and We on earth are his Creation. As far as I know, we call God our Father when we enter into a relationship with Him.
Anyway, this subject was a thorn in my flesh as I had just finished reading about the widow of the policeman who was so brutally killed last year. I was very sad to know that they had only been married for a month and that the widow was not even allowed to see his body for one last time as his body was so mangled. How cruel!
Heresy of Universalism means there is no hell. I think one is clever enough to know what I am trying to say. There is forgiveness but only if we repent.
By the way, I got this big term from the Mhinisteir so please don’t be too impressed with my blog title!!!! As I say, I am no theologian!!!
As I was combing my hair in front of the mirror the other day, I realised that I have suddenly gone quite grey. I don’t know if I have suddenly gone quite grey or that I had never noticed my greying hair before. I prefer not to cover my greys. As I was going over my hair with the comb, I realised that the grey hair does suit me. Very well actually😬.
As I continued combing, My mind slowly moved to spiritual things. What a privilege it is to be able to turn grey. Many people’s time on earth is cut short in their prime.
A school friend of mine passed away when we were in secondary school. She died due to unnatural causes ( I won’t say any more). She never got to go grey. What a solemn and sombre thought for we take many many things in our lives for granted.
Last week was a sad week as we received news of the death of an old friend.
Old Mrs Bear had been poorly for a while. She lived up in Scotland with Old Mr Bear who is poorly too. Mr and Mrs Bear were such dear Christian friends.
Unfortunately, due to geographical reasons, we were not able to to be at the funeral which was just a few days ago.
It is always sad when friends pass away. After I had finished writing a sympathy card to be sent off to Old Mr Bear, I ended up looking at my old and tattered address book. It was a shock to be reminded that 80% of our friends in the address book have passed away!!!! What a solemn thought!
“I shall go to him, he shall not return to me” – 2 Samuel 12:23
We received our first Christmas card for Christmas 2019 at the end of last week! It was from one of our former parishioners in England.
I was very touched to receive a card from her as she was only recently widowed after being married for 65 years to her wonderful husband. Mr and Mrs T were very close as a couple and I know that his sudden passing away has been very difficult for her.
Death is very painful but we as Christians can take comfort that death is our final enemy.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death – 1 Corinthians 15:26