Theme for December 2020: Child

Little eyes

Little eyes

(Photo: Irene Bom)   As we bring this month’s theme to a close, a very short story about a three-year old with a seasonal application and a prayer for children. My father was once walking on the beach with his three-year old grandson when the little boy stopped, picked up a tiny fragment of a … Continue reading "Little eyes" ...
It’s a boy

It’s a boy

(Photo: Irene Bom)     A Christmas greeting in the form of a song, recorded with my friend, Margriet, on backing vocals and percussion. You’re welcome to sing along.   EMMANUEL by Irene Bom 1. Sing a song, a song of joy Come along to see the boy A baby boy who from heaven came … Continue reading "It’s a boy" ...
Joseph and Mary: A Poem

Joseph and Mary: A Poem

  I wrote this poem in 2007, during my third year of training for the ministry. I probably wrote it in transit, on the train to or from my day job as a software developer. The poem is a conversation between Mary and Joseph as he grapples with the implications of her decision to say … Continue reading "Joseph and Mary: A Poem" ...
In the darkness

In the darkness

The view from my kitchen balcony  (Photo: Irene Bom)   A reflection on blessed darkness, including the darkness of the womb where “the Christ-child was made ready for the journey into light”. Advent in the dark We wait in the darkness, expectantly, longingly, anxiously, thoughtfully. The darkness is our friend. In the darkness of the … Continue reading "In the darkness" ...
Parental love

Parental love

“I cannot forget him out of my mind,” an Afghani student said in a BBC World Service news report recently. The mix-up of ‘get’ and ‘forget’ means now I can’t forget this young man out of my mind. In Isaiah 49:15-16 God says to his people who feel forsaken, forgotten: Can a mother forget the … Continue reading "Parental love" ...