Life involves many 'comings and goings', as we make our way along the path of faith day by day, guided by God's Holy Spirit. The daily reflections work backwards from the traditional Advent focus of the 'Four Last Things' - Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell - via Jesus' life, death and resurrection, to come at last to the Incarnation and the events commemorated at Christmas itself. In the following days, the focus turns to Christ as the Word of God, present at the dawn of creation. Along the way, we 'visit' some of the actual Holy Land sites associated with gospel events, drawing new insights from the familiar stories.
The Revd Dr Gordon Giles is Vicar of St Mary Magdalene's Church in Enfield, North London, and director of Post-Ordination Training in the Edmonton Episcopal Area of the Diocese of London Diocese. He has written several books including The Music of Praise, The Harmony of Heaven, O Come, Emmanuel, O Clap your Hands and Fasting and Feasting. He has also led many pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Turkey, China and Europe.