Welcoming the Stranger: An Advent Reflection


In many ways, the Game of Thrones books and TV series are the Lord of the Rings for a new, emerging generation. In Westeros, the world of the series, the characters primarily believe in one God depicted as seven different, unique characters. The author was almost certainly influenced by our own Christian understanding of the Trinity. Each of these seven personas is interesting in itself, but the one which has most captured my imagination recently is the Stranger.

In the world of the books, The Stranger is the least popular of the Seven, usually depicted in a dark, hooded mantle. He is intriguing, perhaps, but also easily forgotten.

I see an interesting similarity between the Stranger, and the prophet Isaiah’s depiction of Jesus as the coming Messiah…

Read the full advent reflection on the Monmouth Diocesan website or listen here.

About the author: James Henley
James Henley
James has been with The Lab since 2007 and leads our team. He's an ordained pioneer minister in the Church in Wales.