Faith, Poetry

These Advent nights are long


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Here is the next of Christina Rossetti’s Advent poems. If I include her Christmastide poems there are quite a lot, so I had best keep on! I like the idea of Advent as a season of waiting and longing, and I’ve written before of how for Christina ‘all existence was a long advent‘, which is

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Bible, Faith, Poetry

Herself a rose, who bore the Rose


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Perhaps every year I have told myself I should blog some of Christina Rossetti’s Advent and Christmas poems, and so this year I will begin. As well as being written by Christina Rossetti, this poem also features the rose, which has become a symbol also of Christmas (if you’ve never read this post by Lanier

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Books, Faith

Something which has made life worth living


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I just won’t mention the passage of time since the last post, as that would be monotonous. But, as I suspect everyone in Christendom would know, Eugene Peterson died recently. I have until now not read so much of his work, but many of the posts I saw in note of his passing prompted me

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Books

How not to be boring


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I’ve finished a few interesting books of late, which I should blog about sometime like ye olde days. One of those books was called On Being Nice, by the The School of Life. This was a good deal more interesting than the title might suggest, and begins with investigation into, and history of, why ‘nice’

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Books, Faith, Poetry

Every moment holy


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So early September was a little bit crazy, with our Diocesan Synod all one weekend, followed by Canberra Women’s Christian Convention, for which I am on the organising committee, the next. Thus, partly, the silence (I was going to say the creativity dried up, but in the middle of it all I actully took to

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