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Advent 2 – December 2022

The second candle on our advent wreath represents peace. It can be so hard to have peace in our hearts when there is much turmoil all around. Yet again this week, I’ve been challenged to trust in God’s Word. His truth is the same yesterday, today and forever and my fluctuating emotions do not change His constancy.

So I’ve put together a few verses around peace, and also an extract from a book I’m reading which spoke directly to me. Both boys were home for the week end and this was indeed a beautiful interlude of mercy and peace in the midst of the continuing storms. May you too know these bright interludes of peace, hope, love and joy in the midst of your circumstances this week.

A full table again at the week end.

“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6‬-‭7‬ ‭

“There was joy in (her) heart…it was the same sort of awareness that came to her sometimes on a winter’s night in the middle of a storm. She would go to her window, draw back the curtains and see that the driving clouds had parted as though a hand had drawn them aside like a curtain, and in a pool of tranquil sky she would see a few stars gleaming. The storm was not over, it would rage on until it had blown itself out, but the depth of mercy beyond had shown itself”

The White Witch, Elizabeth Goudge, 1958

We had a fun visit to Montecute house with my sister and nephew. It was decorated to depict a Christmas mystery which we made a somewhat half hearted attempt to solve. The best thing was just spending time with my lovely sis!

Our weekly rhythm includes a midweek cycle to our nearest town, where we pop in at our church Toddler group, followed by some local shopping at the butcher and our favourite charity shops, and sometimes a visit to the library. I am thankful for this local community and the caring relationships we have within it, and that in a rural location we have shops within cycling distance.

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