Echoes of Christ: Sacrificial Love in our Favourite Stories

I have always love tracing the narrative of the Bible and the theme of self-sacrificial love through the stories that I read, watch and hear. Over the next few days I’d love to share some of my favourite stories in which I’ve seen Christ’s self-sacrificial love echoed most clearly.

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40 Million Voices

During the past few months of interning with International Justice Mission my eyes have been opened to the extent to which modern slavery pervades and threatens our world. I’ve written a little reflection on how this interacts with my faith. It’s probably not got enough structure to be called a poem, but I hope that it might be insightful all the same.

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Weary

‘How are you?’ I hear, The question with which most conversations begin. ‘I’m tired’ I say, A whole thesaurus of words ready for when I’m feeling more creative. Exhuasted, run down, burnt out ‘Knackered’ as we say up north Spent, drained, shattered, weary. Weary is the one that seems to encompass it all. Weary of…

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Your Will Be Done?

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done…’ But wait, I say the words but I don’t echo them in my heart.   You see, Its easy to say ‘your will be done’ when God’s will is exactly the same as ours, But what if his will is…

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The Boy Who Lived

These stories, that were a light to me in times of darkness, a friend in times of loneliness, have been given so much more meaning still, when I read them as a Christian. Yes, Harry Potter is a story about magic, but it is a story, too, about love, sacrifice, life, death, friendship and hope.…

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‘…A Light Has Dawned’

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. – Isaiah 9:2 It was dark. Very dark. The darkest of darks. It was as if there was nothing there. The very air itself cast a black blanket around her. It surrounded her,…

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Coming Home

Last Sunday I was baptised. It was wonderful, it was a truly special day. I was given the chance to share the good news of Jesus with some of those that I loved most and publicly proclaim my faith to my church. And more importantly unite myself with Jesus and acknowledge everything that my God has done…

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The Big Picture – Part Two: Glorious Ruins

 And the ruins of the tempest were returned to glory, the light casting itself upon the world as it was meant to be, the world in which everything good that had been destroyed was restored. And so to follow from ‘Part One: Creation’ I turn to a burning question. That God created the world, the universe,…

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Blotted Ink

‘The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it’ – John 1:5 ———————- Blotted ink runs ceaseless, floods the page with dye, Blackened clouds darken melancholy sky. The pain she knew too well Now shadowed her with fear, As the striking cold drew near. ——- Yet through all the darkness, one…

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