Advent - Joy
Not long after arriving in New Zealand my aunt and uncle took the family on holiday to Alexandra in Central Otago. This was one of the most wonderful times in my life. For a little boy from East Belfast, to stand in the warm clear air of Central Otago was magical. One of my strongest memories from that time was the outdoor swimming pool which had apricot trees near the fence. The apricots were fresh and delicious. In the bible we read, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22–23) Imagine for a moment, the people of the church as an orchard full of godly fruit, where the people of our community could get a taste of heaven.