Helpful Reflections

In his December letter to the clergy of Perth Diocese, Archbishop Roger Herft states that in progressing  through Jesus the Child We Worship he found helpful the reflection for last Friday:

The challenge Jesus gives his disciple is to go with the same freshness of expectation as children do. Jesus may be challenging us to become as children, to move into new experiences with nothing but trust.

It is good for me to know which of the reflections you have found helpful, and whether Jesus the Child We Worship has helped you move towards the Feast of Christmas. I would be delighted if you added in the comments below any of the reflections that touched you.

Archbishop Roger ended his letter by quoting from my reflection on the mysterious journey to the End Time.

Advent invites us to re-kindle the anticipation of the journey, trusting our heavenly Parent for the wonder of the destination. There’s a mystery here. To us God seems slow to bring us to the culmination of the journey. We do feel like crying, ‘Are we there yet?’  It may be that we will find the journey less slow if we intentionally take delight in the journey itself as we look forward with joy to journey’s end.

A Little Gem

Cover ebookJesus the Child We Worship

Review by The Rev’d Chris Albany

in The Anglican Messenger, October 2014

This book is a little gem that while designed for individual devotions could easily be adapted by those with children as the basis for family Advent devotions. In these meditations Ted Witham tssf creatively links the daily lectionary readings with ordinary events of daily life and also some of the major issues that confront us in the 21st Century world.

We benefit from Ted’s Biblical scholarship as he provides historical and cultural insights into the daily readings and helps us make connections with our own experience. The linking of the readings with the nitty gritty of our lives is incarnational theology at its best. Just as significant, perhaps even more so, is the way that Ted encourages us to use a variety of media: music, art, clay, writing, play, to get in touch with our inner child with all of our senses.  “With all of me,” as Anna of Mister God, This is Anna would say. Ted speaks not only yo our own inner child but also to the inner Christ-child, the Christ within.

Through the daily invitation in response to the meditations, “Let us play”, the author invites us to allow this unique Child to lead us out of ourselves into a larger reality. The wisdom and creativity of this little book reflect the author’s ministerial experience in Christian Education, nurture and formation over many years.

Jesus the Child we Worship will help those who use it to arrive at Christmas ready to celebrate with faith and hope and love enhanced. I commend it warmly.

Available through St John’s Books, Fremantle and from the author.

Chris Albany, Parish Priest.