What could be more familiar than Christmas? And yet… what could be stranger than God’s plan for salvation?
We spend a month or more preparing for it every year and it is celebrated to varying extents in almost every area of the globe. But have the details of the nativity story ever struck you as being a little strange? After 400 years of silence from God, a baby is born into a family marked by poverty and scandal. He’s born in a stable, not a palace and His first visitors are shepherds,
Over the course of 30 days, Journey to Christmas this Advent with people caught up in the drama of Jesus’ birth. Read the stories of Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary and Joseph, and the Shepherds and Angels. P.R.A.Y. each day by Pausing and Reflecting on scripture, Asking for what we and others need and Yielding to God’s will.
Phil Togwell lives on the North-East coast of England with his family (one wife, three daughters, two dogs). Phil trained and worked in a wide range of Youth & Community settings before serving as 24-7 Prayer’s UK Director for 7 years. He now leads the Prayer Spaces in Schools teams and the Diocese of Durham’s Prayer Project.
Pete Greig is a best-selling author, pastor and bewildered instigator of the 24-7 Prayer movement which has reached more than half the nations on earth. Pete’s publications include ‘Red Moon Rising’, ‘God on Mute’, ‘The Prayer Course’, and ‘Dirty Glory’. He loves art galleries, live music and knocking down walls.
Carla Harding is the National Director for 24-7 Prayer Great Britain. Her life was hijacked by God in 1999 during a two hour stint in the first 24-7 Prayer Room. Carla lives in Chichester, UK with her husband and their two kids and is passionate about singing, food with friends and helping people learn to pray.
Jill Webber spent 17 years as the Abbess of a New Monastic community in Canada, before she and her husband Kirk relocated to the UK. Jill now serves 24-7 Prayer as Director of Houses of Prayer. She also a Director of Spiritual Formation at Emmaus Road Church in Guildford, the Global Convenor of the Order of the Mustard Seed, a spiritual director, author and pilgrim.