ABC day 23: From now on…

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my saviour… Today Maggi has us read Luke 1:46-49, Mary’s hymn of praise when she is told that she is to be the mother of Jesus. Words used every day in almost every Church of England church as part of evening prayer […]

ABC day 21: On the margins

Have you ever felt like you’re on the outside? Today we’re challenged with the story of the shepherds from Luke 2:8-14. They were an unlikely bunch, the shepherds. If this truly was a king who had been born, why were his first visitors some unknown shepherds? Why not other nobles? The great and the good […]

ABC day 15: Every valley shall be exalted

One of the most famous pieces of prophecy about the coming of Jesus today – Isaiah 40:1-5; 9-11. And one I suspect that any of you who’ve ever sung in a choir that’s performed Handel’s Messiah will be unable to resist singing along with. Maggi points out that the word “comfort” used to have a wider […]

ABC day 14: The beginning of the end

I’m not sure I knowingly know anything about the book of Habbakuk. And certainly I couldn’t knowingly quote any of Habakkuk 2:1-3; 3:16-19. Habakkuk is told to write down a vision of the end of time – it will come – and the prophet trembles and waits for calamity – yet he still rejoices in […]

ABC day 13: Not in the fire…

Following on swiftly from yesterday’s reading, we have the rest of the story (1 Kings 1:9-18) – where Elijah sees the wind, the earthquake, the fire – and only then does God speak to him in the ensuing silence. Professionally, as an accountant, I see myself in the point Maggi makes that if I find […]

ABC day 12: Eat, drink, sleep

In today’s reading from the story of Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-9) we hear of Jezebel’s threat to Elijah – as he has killed the prophets of her beloved god Baal, so she will kill him. Elijah flees to the wilderness, says to God “You might as well take my life – I’ve failed as my […]

ABC day 11: Calling down fire: who’s setting the agenda?

1 Kings 18:20-24, 32-39 is today’s text – Elijah is tested by the prophets of Baal – the god who answers a call for fire with fire is the true god.     What kind of a prophet is Elijah? One who is passionate about God – who constantly preaches God’s word. Maggi reminds us […]

ABC day 10: Redigging the wells

Genesis 26:13-77 is today’s choice – Isaac redigs wells that Abraham had dug and the Philistines had stopped up. It’s a case of third time lucky – the first two times he tries, more Philistines chase him away – but God appears to him and repeats the promise he made to Abraham. Maggi draws a […]

ABC day 9: Land and promise

  Genesis 12:5-9 today – covered in yesterday‘s video as well. I was sick today. Organised at the start of the day – half an hour early to a meeting at church – productive meeting – then sick. I used the half an hour to read today’s section of Maggi’s book, and then to pray. […]

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