Advent has begun sadly , My Dh`s uncle passed away due to cancer , doesnt seem that long since his wife died also to cancer. A lovely lady from church was taken by this horrible disease as well and not much older than me – very sad . Her funeral is tomorrow and I ask that you pray that their families all are comforted by God because  wonderfully Cancer was not the only thing these people had in common they had all given their lives to God many years before and for that I am so thankful for that .

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 (NLT)

And Im thankful that God is merciful and forgiving , that he does not teach us to hate and in fact to love our ememies . I  think of the teacher Gillian Gibbons who made an error with no malice intended and yet we had fanatics calling for her death – crazy crazy world. It shows how different cultures and religions are and yet if there was simple respect which I do not believe Islam teaches this would /should never have happened .

So at the start of Advent Im praying for all those in the world who dont know and accept the love of Jesus and for those who struggle in the world for the freedom to worship him that we in the west and beyond often take for granted.

May you all be truly blessed this Advent

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