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Find out more about Day by Day with God September - December 2016:
'The autumn leaves drift by my window...' goes the classic jazz song; and, as we begin our autumn edition of Day by Day with God, I am all too aware that summer is quickly receding and soon the winter nights will be drawing in. This season can feel like an ending, as leaves fall, the days get shorter and our warmer clothes get hauled from the back of the wardrobe. Yet it is a time of new beginnings too: a new year starts in educational establishments, and churches get ready for harvest and the joy of Christmas. In THE MESSAGE, John 1:5 says, 'The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness: the darkness couldn't put it out.' It will be great to focus on that 'Life-Light' in these coming months - God's plan of rescue for his beloved world, full of wonder, love and power for each and every one of us.
There's another new beginning for Day by Day with God, as I have great joy in introducing you to my co-editor who will work on the commissioning and editing with me. Jill Rattle is a former secondary headteacher, a spiritual counsellor and a contributor to these notes. She is also my mother! It's an unexpected joy to be able to work together to edit this and forth-coming editions. In this issue we will be looking at how God encourages us with his blazing 'Life-Light' even when we don't feel up to much - even when we would rather snuggle back under the covers on that drizzly November morning and hide away from the world altogether. Gideon and Jonah are great examples of weak people who seemed to be encountering hopeless situations, and yet the Life-Light blazed out for them and brought transformation to their lives and communities.
We begin this issue with Claire Musters' notes on encour-agement. It's so important both to be encouraged and to en-courage others. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could be filled with the 'Life-Light' during this season and become known as encouragers to our families and communities?
Jill Rattle writes...
No one has ever given me one of those luxury food hampers (not a hint, Ali!) but that's what these notes have been like, with so many different delights from God's word to savour. I hope you enjoy the riches, too.
1 - 10 September
11 - 24 September
Journeying in faith
25 September - 8 October
Colossians: Jesus, be the centre
Jennifer Rees Larcombe
9 - 15 October
Acts 8 - 28: adventures in God
16 - 29 October
A whale of a time
30 October - 5 November
Praying the Psalms
6 - 19 November
Isaiah: a story of obedience
20 November - 3 December
Who do you say that I am?
4 - 17 December
18 - 31 December
Claire Musters is a freelance writer and editor, mum to two gorgeous young children, pastor's wife, worship leader and school governor. Her writing focuses on marriage, parenting, worship, discipleship and issues facing women today.
Christine Platt lives in New Zealand and enjoys the freedom and opportunities that semi-retirement brings. As well as doing local ministry, she travels regularly with teams to East Timor to support the church there in its courageous witness to war-ravaged people.
Alison Teale works as an administrator in tertiary education and has worked as a freelance writer and translator for 20 years.
Jennifer Rees Larcombe runs Beauty from Ashes, an organisation that supports people adjusting to bereavement and trauma.
Tracy Williamson works for MBM Trust, a music and teaching ministry headed up by blind gospel singer Marilyn Baker. Marilyn and Tracy (who is deaf herself) travel the country giving concerts and leading conferences drawing people into wholeness through intimacy with God.
Chris Leonard lives in Surrey with her husband. Their first two grand-children arrived in 2015 and Chris also remains busy leading creative writing courses and holidays. Her 21st book was published in November 2015.
Lyndall Bywater is married to Phil and lives in Canterbury. She is a free-lance writer and speaker, and her favourite subject is prayer.
Sue Rinaldi travels internationally as a worship coordinator, singer-songwriter, communicator, creative consultant and trainer. A regular contributor to magazines and Bible reading notes, she has also written a book called TREND.
Diana Archer works as a freelance writer, editor and trainer. She runs the charity Tastelife (www.tastelifeuk.org), set up to help people break free from eating disorders.
Jill Rattle is a retired secondary headteacher living with her husband, Henry, on the south coast of England. She engages with prayer ministry and with individuals seeking spiritual support. She also loves being a grandmother.