Tired of the same old carols? One of our Trustees, Marjory Williamson, shares a bit of fun giving a few of them a makeover...
3 ladies laden with shopping bags sit in a local café
I’m sure that, like me, you’ve realised that we are now facing the pre-Christmas frenzy.
Tomorrow I will help my mum take down her Christmas cards and look through them. She always has to check that everyone who has sent her a card has also received one from her. She wants to do this even though she can no longer remember who most people are - we have to do things properly! As someone with mild Alzheimer’s who was widowed in the last two years and moved to a care home, the whole Christmas card thing can be a challenging exercise. Writing them reminded her of losing my dad when she signed them with one signature. Receiving them with only her name on them is a double whammy of singleness. However, as I look at the ones she has received with her, it is an opportunity to remind her of people who have been significant in her life and to give her a chance to talk about what she does remember about them. These anecdotes are important for me as I store away fragments of information to act as memory prompts at a later date. Mum’s connections are diminishing. The physical connections in her brain are covered in plaque that reduces their functioning. Her social connections are reducing as people of her age die and as she forgets the names of people who visit her. What does remain true is that she loves a visitor, no matter who they are.
Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine.
With overarching imagery, our sacred story looks to the light. Called by many things - wisdom, lamp, guide - light shines through, takes up residence and moves us on.
“It’s time for each of us to step
up for human rights.
There is no action that is too small: wherever you are, you can make a difference.
Together, let’s take a stand for more humanity.” -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
At a workshop on loneliness in April, when a number of examples had been given as to how the problem was being addressed in different churches, one minister said: 'Just please don't ask us to do anything more at Christmas!'
In Christmas stories told and retold
God with us.
Lord of all people,
Some days, memories can feel more present than reality.
Today, we remember those separated from us this Christmas, whether through death or distance or disappointment.
Christian Aid Scotland lead our thoughts today, International Migrants Day.
Eilidh Marks from the Church of Scotland Guild writes...
There is something about the opening to the nativity story in Luke 1 which leaves me a bit bemused.
‘The hopes and fears of all the years’
Far be it from me to correct Holy Scripture, but I can’t help but feel like there’s a verse missing in Luke’s rendition of the Annunciation.
Morag Balfour encourages us to walk, hobble or wheel through the darkness into light this Advent.
Rev Dr Russell Barr considers International Day for the Abolition of Slavery in the light of Advent.
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