This month, our main readings will be from Eata – ‘Deeper Magic’ from page 1600 in Celtic Daily Prayer – Book Two.  They are taken from the works of George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle.

George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister. His writings, which draw deeply on the indigenous spirituality of the pre-clearance Highlands and folk memory of the people, have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors.  C.S. Lewis once said “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded George MacDonald as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.” Madeleine L’Engle says ” Surely George MacDonald is the grandfather of us all – all of us who struggle to come to terms with truth through fantasy.” 

Like MacDonald, C.S. Lewis applies his heart, brilliance and imagination to the task of opening another world to us so that we may never look at the inside of a wardrobe in the same way again.

As we move, in the middle of this month, from the writings of MacDonald to those of Lewis, our adventures in Narnia awaken in us a deeper homesickness that energises rather than discourages as it bids us to come “farther up and farther in”!

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Alongside these readings we would also encourage you to engage in our online Jesse Tree activity, which we invite you to join in with on  Facebook or Instagram.

Every day, throughout December, we will be posting pictures of our the Jesse Tree ornaments that we have coloured in, or created from scratch, and we’d love you to do the same, as we bring to life the characters who are part of Jesus’ family tree from Jesse through to David to Joseph and Mary!  You can learn more by following the daily Colman readings for December, from page 1368 onwards in Celtic Daily Prayer – Book Two.

There are still some Jesse Tree ornament packs available from the online shop HERE, if you would prefer to start with a template.