cliff richard

christmas time
empty bottles of wine
children screaming
all of the time.
i can’t light the fire –
there’s gifts in the bin.
time to have a cry
and let the new year begin.

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Christmas Spurut

HELLO.

I was going to write a long winded post about what’s been happening in my life for the last few days but it’ll be so mind-numbingly boring that I thought I’d do something else instead. This year, while I’ve been at uni, my mum made an advent calendar for me to open – each day has some sweets, a funny photo, a Bible passage, and a little white stone with a Bible verse written on it. It’s such a lovely thing to open every day and I thought I would share some of my favourite verses that I’ve been reading so far.

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

– Psalm 25:4-5

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

– Psalm 32:8

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

– Psalm 18:2

Christmas is coming and I always find that this time of year can be a tricky one for my faith. There’s the constant reminder that Christmas is a commercial ordeal, that ‘Christmas isn’t really Jesus’ birth it’s a Pagam holiday’ and all that. Christians can really come under fire at Christmas because they’re trying to keep their beliefs alive and society is adamant that they should become irrelevant. However, the message of Jesus’ birth is so alive in the music we listen to, in the spirit of the season and in the love we show for people around us at Christmas time.

I thought I’d list a few of my favourite Christmas songs of the moment! yayyyy

Joy to the World – Francesca Batistelli

Jesus is the Reason – Kirk Franklin

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix