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Dreaming of Christmas

"And the virgin shall conceive and bring forth a son and shall call his name Immanuel, which means "God with us". With these words the prophet Isaiah initiates an expectation, which finds fulfilment many centuries later. That much is history. What may have surprised the prophet, would be how his words still resonate thousands of years after his utterance. For weeks, families and schools and churches have gathered to sing carols and enjoy Nativity plays in celebration of Jesus' coming, his promise to come again and his continual coming into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The other day somebody sent me the following link - to a performance in which grown ups act out the Christmas story, as rec

Special K

Thanks to everybody who sponsored my participation in the Edinburgh 10k Charity Run. Christian athletes are haunted by the uncompromising Sabbatarian principles of Eric Liddle, immortalised in the classic film 'Chariots of Fire'. I succumbed to the invitation of my sister, Katrina (Special K), to run on Sunday 3 December because it was her birthday and she wanted to express her appreciation to Crossreach, the Church of Scotland's in-house charity, on account of their kindness towards our Uncle John, for whom she is primary carer. Earlier this year, Alzheimers Disease robbed Uncle John of his independence and he had to move into a home. The first attempt, in an expensive private institution,

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