All is Calm, All is Bright: Love

For a Christian, the most wonderful thing about Christmas is the idea that God so loved the world that he sent his son to work wonders on it, to save us from ourselves, and to bring us back into a relationship with God himself. To me, that seems a crazy amount of love. And that he chose to send Jesus as a little, helpless baby … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Love

All is Calm, All is Bright: Miracles

miracle /ˈmɪrək(ə)l/ noun plural noun: miracles an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency. “the miracle of rising from the grave” synonyms: supernatural phenomenon, mystery, prodigy, sign “his first miracle was to turn water into wine” a remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences. “it was a miracle that more people hadn’t been … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Miracles

All is Calm, All is Bright: Waiting

I am not the world’s best at waiting. I don’t hold secrets well, and when I was younger used to drive my brothers wild by taunting them. A lot like the Ghost of Christmas Present in Scrooged. I’m so glad I wore my pretty dress. But these last few days before Christmas, especially for me and anyone else who started and finished organising early, are … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Waiting

All is Calm, All is Bright: Enthusiasm

To be enthusiastic is to show “intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.” In the original Greek, it mean to be inspired or possessed by a God and was used as an insult to describe excessive religious zeal. I’m glad it got taken over and adapted. Enthusiasm, and the quality of being enthusiastic, is something I very much enjoy. To be tepid or half-hearted about … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Enthusiasm

All is Calm, All is Bright: Serenity

Have you ever been in a situation where everything is going to pot, there’s not a blind thing you can do about it, and you might as well just accept the case? The grace that you accept that with, and the smoothness with which you face your fate is serenity. It is “the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.” Now, in my youth, serenity … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Serenity

All is Calm, All is Bright: Warmth

I think I can bear many things in life, like feeling hungry, having nothing to read, boredom or even losing connectivity on my 4g phone (hello O2!) but I cannot abide feeling cold. Not bitterly cold. Not that bone-chilling, been outside too long with the wrong clothing, my toes are no longer responding, my hands are chilled and I am shivering kind of cold. I … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Warmth

All is Calm, All is Bright: Contentment

Contentment: it’s a soft little word, and sometimes gets looked down on in the face of its bigger, brasher cousin Happiness. After all, contentment isn’t enshrined as a fundamental human right the same as the pursuit of happiness is. Yet, I love contentment all the more. I want to be content more than I want to be happy. Don’t get me wrong, the days that … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Contentment