‘You can only see properly with your heart. Eyes don’t see through to the essential’.


At the beginning of Advent we are asked to take up the challenge of renewing ourselves, not just in what might be seen as the ‘religious’ sense but in every part of our lives. Renewal is about asking questions about ourselves, what we are doing and why. It might be about subjects to study or the career we want to follow, our relationships with others; our family, teachers, students, friends. It could be the effort and commitment we put into developing our skills and talents. At this time the church calls on all of us to renew our lives as we prepare to receive a child, Jesus, into our lives at Christmas.

Your ways, O Lord, make known to me;

teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my saviour,

and for you I wait all the day.