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Thought for the New Year

“All around worlds are dying out, new worlds are being born; all around life is dying but life is being born. The fruit ripens on the trees, while the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is […]

A break from Facebook

I posted this today: The following announcement may not change the world: I will be taking something of a break from Facebook for the time being. This is a kind of pre-New Years resolution. When I have things I want to put out into the online world, I will use my own website: revdarrow.com (which […]

Z is for Zoroastrian

Z is for Zoroastrian

December 25, 2019 Christmas      Day 25 of the Advent Alphabet Z is for Zoroastrian. Have you come across this word before? Some scholars suggest the Magi who appear in Matthew’s Gospel as visitors to Jesus were Zoroastrian priests. The word Magi derives from an Old Persian word “magus”, which was an occupational title for members […]

Y is for Yeshua

Y is for Yeshua

Dec 24, 2019 4th Week of Advent – Day 24 of the Advent Alphabet Y is for Yeshua. Yeshua ben Joseph is the “reason for the season”! (The “ben” means “son of”) When I was growing up, I thought his first name was Jesus, and his last name was Christ. It was actually not until […]

X is for Xmas

X is for Xmas

Dec 24, 2019 4th Week of Advent Day 24 of the Advent Alphabet X is for Xmas. As in Merry Xmas. How do you react when you see that in print? I can remember Over the years there have been emotion-laden campaigns to “do something” about the use of this abbreviation. There seems to be […]

W is for Waiting

W is for Waiting

Dec 23, 2019 4th Week of Advent – Day 23 of the Advent Alphabet W is for waiting. How many sleeps until Christmas? Advent is a season of waiting. When we were children we may have anxiously waited for a special gift on Christmas morning. With the passing of years, material gifts that once seemed […]

V is for Virgin

Dec 22, 2019 4th Week of Advent Day 22 of the Advent Alphabet V is for Virgin. A word that carries overtones of sexuality, judgement, and codes of purity, that almost always apply more to women than men. In the western world at least, there is no time of year we hear that word more […]