Is our advent adventure
as scary and exciting
as that first journey away
from home to Nazareth?
What dangers and discoveries
are wrapped in our future?

This Advent adventure is different
as something comes to us
through the darkness
our candles mere tokens
of unimaginable light.

The advent adventure
continues in light and shade
of stories old and ours untold
begins to merge – forwards
onwards towards the coming light.


Written for 2016 Carol Services with inspiration from Advent Adventure by Frances Copsey in ‘Candles and Conifers’ Ruth Burgess (ed.)

Angel Voices

Angel Voices

When life seems ordinary
Angels appear unexpectedly
Pointing us in new directions.

When we know ourselves
Angels appear unexpectedly
Asking awkward questions.

When we least expect it
Angels appear daring us
to listen to their song.

O God you speak through angels
Keep our ears and hearts open
for the whisper of angel voices in our midst.


Written for 2016 Carol Services with inspiration from ‘Candles and Conifers’ Ruth Burgess (ed.)