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Small things with great love

The opportunity to make a fresh start is something that we all value, especially if we have been struggling with problems which have weighed us down. The tradition of making New Year resolutions illustrates this deep desire to put the past behind us and move on. 

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New Weekly Quiz

How well do you know your scripture?  Participate in our weekly quiz to test your knowledge of the bible. Each week we will post three questions on various parts of the bible. Questions range from easy to not so easy. Find out how well you know your scripture or learn in a fun and easy way.

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People who found the light

Galilee was no one’s idea of a place that could launch a ‘world changing movement’. Galilee’s history was not glorious. The readings today refer to it as the “land of Naphtali”, which was one of the breakaway tribes of the Jewish people that formed the northern kingdom of Israel.

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A term of great honour

Some people today may be puzzled by John the Baptist referring to Jesus in today’s gospel as the “lamb of God”, since for most of us the lambs we see in the paddocks are cute, but weak and vulnerable to predators. You don’t hear of nations, or even sporting teams, adopting ‘lambs’ as their emblem. Why should John identify “the Chosen One of God” as the “lamb of God”? 

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The Prince and the Pauper

We often associate the word ‘king’ with power and majesty. Also, a king’s position is often not dependent on his personal abilities, virtues or goodness, but on family lineage: power and status through inheritance.  But Jesus never displayed that kind of power or majesty; after all, he was born in a stable!  

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The greatest mother of them all

Most of us can handle changes to our plans that are part of everyday life. For example, a friend ‘drops in’ unexpectedly and we have to put aside what we’re doing or set an extra place for dinner; a family member falls sick and we have to postpone a planned trip; or our computer or smart phone crashes, leaving us ‘high and dry’, in the midst of something important. We might complain and grumble, but we generally accept the changes, despite the inconvenience and disruption.

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Becoming a mother

Motherhood is a beautifully enriching time that realises a couple’s hopes and dreams. However, leading up to the child’s birth can be a time of

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Being crafty at Advent

In preparation for Christmas and Advent which starts tomorrow, why not make your own family Advent calendar.  All you need are envelopes, pegs from the

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Be a lucky family

If you feel unlucky the chances are you probably will be. But if you are feeling lucky then the cards might be stacked in your favour.

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Your story matters

The magical power that’s fundamental to the telling of every person’s story is powerful and can help your family.

Overcoming trauma or just turning a negative into a positive can a create a collective sense of belonging and being needed.

So, embrace your stories! Your story may seem insignificant but not to your family. Digging out an old stump in the back garden, buying a new puppy or relating your insomnia are stories that should be told rather than kept to yourself.

When we share our everyday stories with family and friends, we humanise our experience, cementing the bonds with the people we love.

I recently heard a story of a beautiful wedding; the weather was perfect, and the bride and groom looked gorgeous. Unfortunately, a guest accidentally spat red wine over the bride’s white wedding gown at the end of the night. The bride was upset that her beautiful dress was ruined on the best day of her life. Perhaps she’d planned to hand the dress on to a future daughter.

Every person has a unique story, good and bad. Bring your story back to life!

Excellent day all
Cheryl

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The language of compassion

The daily work grind for most of us will be taking a long and well-deserved break this coming weekend.

With four days off for Victorians and many others around Australia having 3 days off, including the public holiday to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s recent passing, take a minute to consider the word ‘compassion’.

Compassion is part of the human condition and is crucial. Some people have a lot of compassion for the less fortunate while others rarely display empathy towards others.

With finals in many sports happening during September, it is important to show compassion for the loser. In any final there is always a winner and a loser. The individual or team that loses will be hurting so some kind words can make a difference.

“They did their best and deserve to be congratulated” or “They may not have won the game, but they earned our respect for the way they played.”

Do you show compassion? If not, perhaps it is something we could all work on over the long weekend.

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