I think I was about 10 years old when this became my favourite carol. It is full of reality and yet hope. Phrases like “Two thousand years of wrong” and “Men at war with man” deeply affected me – and still do. The writer tells it like it is and writes of “life’s crushing load” and “the weary road” and yet speaks about “peace on the whole earth ” and “the love song which they (the angels) bring”.
Death and Hope
On Saturday I went for a short walk and ended up walking through Ash Cemetery which is just down the road from our house. I am not a morbid sort of character but was deeply moved by some of the inscriptions that I saw.
- A pair of plaques with the same date marking the grave of twins who had died, aged two.
- Grandparents who would be remembered by their grandchildren.
- Sad messages which also spoke of love and hope.
Why do we have to die?
All creation waits on tiptoe
What is in store for this wonderful universe which we call home. Some scientists say that eventually the stars will be so spaced out that our sky will be dark and that the stars will dim as they run out of energy. All matter will approach absolute zero in temperature, all life will have long since disappeared. Everything around us decays. Life ends in death.
And yet the Bible gives us a very different picture. Apparently there is hope for creation itself to be delivered from its bondage to decay. What does this mean in practice? This slightly speculative article seeks to explore the possibility of a new or renewed act of creation that gives us, and all of creation with us, a hope for a better and glorious future.
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Sold to a brothel owner
Hello, my name is Marikit and I used live on an Island in South East Asia. I am now 18 years old but my story started when I was just 14. My mum and my dad were always shouting at each other. This was because my father owed a lot of money to the local loan shark and this man was threatening them. I didn’t know that I was to be the solution to their money problems!
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Where does injustice come from ?
I have been writing about some of the injustices I see in the world and aim to campaign to reduce it’s impact. Part of the answer is to have stronger laws and stronger law enforcement to eliminate them. Another part of the answer is to make people aware so that injustice becomes unacceptable. But what is the root cause of injustice? There is no avoiding the fact that we are dealing with human nature at the deepest level.