New Year’s Eve, a call to unity.   Family Thought 31 December

New Year’s Eve, a call to unity. Family Thought 31 December

There are many million of followers of Jesus Christ in the world today belonging to thousands of different churches with new churches starting almost every day.    We can ask, “Why is there no unity amongst Christians?” Is it right for so many break-away churches all...
Ancestors for Today.    Family Thought 30 December

Ancestors for Today. Family Thought 30 December

A beautiful image we have been given for the Church in Africa is the Church as God’s Family. We are also taught that a family is a little church of the home where God is present in the family’s history, our traditions and the events of our daily lives.  We can...
Holy Family Sunday.  Family Thought 29 December

Holy Family Sunday. Family Thought 29 December

This special day on the 1st Sunday after Christmas, that commemorates the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, calls every human family to be a holy family.  What does that mean? Holy means being whole, complete, as good as can be, living with awareness of God and...
Kwanzaa and St John the Evangelist

Kwanzaa and St John the Evangelist

KWANZAA  comes from a Swahili word meaning first fruits. It is a newish African-American celebration that tries to link African tradition with western Christianity. It is a 7 day long celebration from December 27 to Jan 3.   Seven candles for each of 7 principles of...
Kwanzaa and St John the Evangelist

St Stephen, Day of Good will. Family Thought 26 December

The old Boxing Day, has become Day of Goodwill in South Africa.  We also commemorate  St Stephen, the first Christian martyred at the hands of the Jews who felt threatened by the passion and commitment of these early Christians.  Goodwill may not have the degree of...
The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Over the years, even long before beginning in family ministry, when our children were still young I started writing Christmas stories.  Sometimes they were retelling in simple ways the accounts from Matthew and Luke.  Sometimes Joseph and Mary and the baby were the...