The Nativity

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The lights are up in the high street, there’s a Santa’s Grotto in town and those familiar pop songs are ringing out. Whatever your Christmas experience looks like – whether it be filled with joy, love and laughter; frustration as the old family dramas play out; sadness at being alone on Christmas day; or an attitude of complete indifference to it all – what exactly is it that we’re supposed to be celebrating here? Is it the nativity story about a literal Jesus being born in a literal manger with literal Kings and wise men standing by? Or could it…

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The Gift of Sadness

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Strong feelings of sadness and misery can overwhelm us, especially in the winter months when the skies darken and the temperatures drop. But can these very feelings be seen as a wonderful opportunity, a gift even, to fall ever more deeply into our present experience? If we look into ‘sadness’ what do we find? A heavy, tight, agitated energy maybe. And does that energy have the word ‘sadness’ written into it? Or is it a thought or a mental image that, out of habit, grabs onto that energy to make it mean something about ‘me’? ‘My’ sadness, ‘my’ pain, ‘my’…

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