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About expectantlylistening

Writing about my contemplative journey to come closer to Jesus. I hope to inspire and equip others on their journey.

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! Thank you so much for following along with these Advent prompts. Have a wonderful 12 days of Christmas!

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Advent: Christmas Eve

Silent Night is one of my favourite carols, it’s beauty feels so tangible to me when I hear it played. Going deeper: I’ve been following along with Dawn’s Christmas journalling and enjoyed her wonderful Christmas songs prompt. Perhaps you’d like … Continue reading

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Advent: The news!

I love reading the announcement by the angels – God’s heavenly messengers – to the shepherds – amongst the lowest of people in and around Bethlehem. Isn’t it wonderful? This is such a rich story to reflect on. I wonder … Continue reading

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Advent: it’s all about the light!

I think that this may be my favourite of all the verses we have reflected on during Advent. I won’t be adding more text to our reflections today: this verse is enough: “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness … Continue reading

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Advent: Listen to Him

This week our Advent images move ever closer to the nativity story of Christmas night; to the birth of Jesus. But first, today and tomorrow, let us pause again and remember just who we are waiting for. The verse above … Continue reading

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Advent: Star of Wonder

As I joined Constance for the Gospel Read Thru in October this verse leapt out to me from Matthew 2 and I had to create a picture to hang up at home. It’s been up ever since, waiting for this Advent … Continue reading

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Advent: Prophecy fulfilled

In these carols we hear prophecies fulfilled. Political events took place that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the City of David, for Jesus’ birth. I love to pause and wonder at these events. How big and unexpected they must … Continue reading

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Advent: Mary’s Song

Did you have chance to read the whole of Luke 1 yesterday? It is so full of mystery and wonder, not least the encounter between Mary and Elizabeth; and also between their unborn babies! Going deeper: As we approach Christmas … Continue reading

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Advent: Mary

This week our pictures and verses begin to see the Christmas story unfold. I wonder which gospel account is your favourite? Going deeper: Read the whole of Luke 1, or your favourite gospel account of the first Christmas.

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Advent: He came to us

This verse from a later point in John 1 takes us back to the Word; to Jesus, part of the divine trinity that became flesh, fully human, and lived on earth amongst people just like you and me. Isn’t this amazing? … Continue reading

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