At a recent carol service at St Mark’s Church Leamington Spa the Bishop of Coventry spoke to us about refugee families.
Referring to the current crisis across Europe he drew a parallel between these refugees and the family of Jesus.
Jesus was born into poverty in an occupied nation in a region in conflict – then, as now. A couple of years after his birth his family took him and fled from a brutal tyrant into a foreign land – Egypt.
The Bishop spoke of those refugees who have arrived at their destination with nothing – all their money has been taken from them by people smugglers.
Then he put forward this notion.
“Did Joseph and Mary have to use their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to pay people smugglers?”
Was that how the gifts of the Magi were used?
It may well be.
At the very least the gold they received may have saved their lives. For how do you flee across borders and gain safety and security in another country until the tyranny in your own country has passed – unless you have significant financial resources?
Or another kind of gold entirely – the kindness, compassion and good will of the host countries.
I’ll be showcasing my best blog posts, selling signed paperback copies of my psychological suspense novel Mystical Circles, both the first and the second edition with their different cover-designs, and also I’ll be publicising my upcoming novel A Passionate Spirit. Plus for anyone who doesn’t see these blogs or my Facebook Page there’ll be the opportunity to sign up on my mailing list to be the first to know when A Passionate Spirit is released.
There will be lots of arts and crafts for you to look at, and buy either for yourself or as Christmas gifts. You can enjoy browsing, admire the creativity and imagination that you see around you, and chat to the creators.
Coventry Rock Choir will be performing throughout the afternoon and all are invited to enjoy the tea, delicious cakes and snacks on sale in the café.
Entry will be £2 for adults, children under 18 free.
I hope to see you there at the Autumn Fair, 25 October 2014, at St Mark’s Church, Rugby Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 6DL.