There are 3 Advents…


The Second Sunday of Advent 12/5/2021

All flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord.
Crying out in the wilderness; Baby Jesus in a barn
and the Prince of Peace coming in the final times.

St Bernard says there are three Advents:
In between the Baby and the Prince is the 2nd coming
When Christ rises from the dead and comes into our hearts, personally.

Jesus is born in our hearts
The divine love of God will flatten the hills and fill the valleys
To make straight the way of the Lord.

He begins a work of grace in me, and completes his work to make us in the image of God.
As TS Eliot says, “the beginning is the end”.
It is a cycle and every year a new beginning will be born in us.

sermon in Christ Church

by the Rev John Alison, Vicar

enter the wood

find your vision




On this date in 1947, the United Nations voted for the partition of Palestine. Palestine had been under British control since 1917. Zionist Jews from Europe and Russia were migrating in ever-greater numbers, with the intention of forming their own country, and hostility between the Jews and the native Palestinians was also growing. Britain supported the formation of a Jewish state in Palestine, but they also recognized the rights of the Arab Palestinians. Support for the Zionists grew during World War II, especially after people learned of the horrors of the Holocaust. In 1947, Britain decided it wanted out of Palestine and asked the newly formed United Nations to make recommendations for a plan that would ensure the rights of both sides.
The U.N. drafted a plan, also known as Resolution 181, that divided the region into three Jewish sections — more than half of the territory — and four Arab sections; the city of Jerusalem was internationally administered. The plan also guaranteed religious rights and minority rights, and made provision for free access to any holy sites. The two states would share a monetary system and all services, and have equal access to water and utilities. When British forces withdrew in August 1948, a five-country Commission would be put in place to occupy the formerly British regions, establish borders, and help the two states set up their governments.
The Jewish Agency in Palestine approved of the plan because it reflected international recognition of their cause, but they felt it didn’t give them enough territory. The United Nations General Assembly voted 33 to 13 in favor of the partition plan. Britain was one of 10 nations that abstained from voting. The six Arab delegates walked out in protest.
Six months later, on May 14, 1948, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion formally announced the formation of the State of Israel. The next day, forces from Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded.

big brown eyes


Two of us, frozen in place—in the moment―
one serendipitous moment
From a distance your p r e s e n c e I sense,
gIimpse big brown eyes locked squarely on mine;
wide s m i l e fixes over my face
heart bounds unstopping
I hold your gaze, wishing
not daring to blink
lest you vanish
in a flash, white-
tailing ever
i n t o
o u r
g e n t l e
d e e r
Cory Corrado (2021) ©

Every single thing I believed:


Each time you return to these arms,

these legs

what you already have,

there is nothing missing.

Nothing wrong.

What a gorgeous life!

Be kind to yourself.

Let the hunger pass…

Cutting Out the soul…


The Surgeon by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
I was still a kid
interning at State
he reminisces late in the meal—
It was a young red-headed woman
looked like my sister
when the lines went flat
I fell apart
shook like a car with a broken axle
Went to the head surgeon
a fatherly man
Boy, he said, you got to fill a graveyard
before you know this business
and you just did row one, plot one.

Alicia Suskin Ostriker, “The Surgeon” from The Book of Seventy. © 2009 University of Pittsburgh Press. Reprinted by permission.



In the cycle,

the deer shed their antlers

and these bones nourish them with important calcium

to encourage the growth of new more powerful antlers.

The deer is always within an armoured protection,

important for the survival of the whole family.

The sacred temple offers solace in the woods.

Enter the woods: Find your vision…



Count that day lost…


 Count That Day Lost
by George Eliot

If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went —
Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,
You’ve cheered no heart, by yea or nay —
If, through it all
You’ve nothing done that you can trace
That brought the sunshine to one face —
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost —
Then count that day as worse than lost.

“Count That Day Lost” by George Eliot. Public Domain

Innocence and a gentle return to family…




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