Gwen Staveley

I am a wife and mother of three, was born and worked in Africa ,the daughter of missionary parents. I completed theological studies with a focus on interpretation of texts, but more recently (in the last 2 decades) found God speaking to me about the Jewish and Hebraic roots of the Bible and of the faith which has been dear to me for many, many years. I feel immensely relieved that I have been less steeped in Greek theological thinking than I might have been had God not provided wonderful Biblical teaching from a messianic Jewish rabbi.

For such is the Kingdom of Heaven - considering the value of a child

As we draw close to another year’s end the gloom of winter is lightened by the celebration of Christmas. Whilst there may be disagreement about the actual time of year when Jesus came into the world as a helpless baby, the important fact remains that He came as Immanuel (God with us). The birth of any baby is a source of joy for most families, and with the arrival of a new-born the inevitable speculation of what the future will hold for them. For each new life is a gift from God (Psalm 127:3) and a life with potential. Whilst that potential may vary dependent on genetic, perinatal, and environmental factors, each human being is made in God’s image and precious to Him (Psalm 139:13-16).