"And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness - secret riches." (Isaiah 45:3) Grief visited this week. It threw shadows across my path as family and friends grieved over the loss of loved ones. People were left with sadness, tears in their eyes and empty spaces in their homes. There really were no words to say. When hard… Continue reading Treasures of Darkness
"And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by" (John Masefield) Before the age of GPS, before the time when man-made satellites joined the stars in the sky as tools for navigation, sailors sailed the sea guided by the stars - celestial navigation. They used the position of the… Continue reading Steadfast.
Some days you just feel weary. Weary from being brave the moment you step out your door. Weary from weathering the storms of life. And you reach the end of the day and you feel spent. That hard phone call that added more load to your back with the future it seemingly painted. That unexpected hurt that made… Continue reading The Weary and the Frayed
Yesterday - a walk down memory lane. A rare opportunity to visit an old family home, the old family church. To see the pew that we would always sit in, the church hall where we went to Sunday School. To the see the house - my old bedroom, the back garden. Memories flooding back, of laughter and… Continue reading Memory Lane
I can think of no better way to start the New Year than borrowing words from my father's New Year's Day preach.... "As we gather together this New Year's Day, in the Presence of God to worship Him and give thanks for the year that has passed and petition Him for the year that is to… Continue reading Borrowed Words
It's an odd week. That week that's bookended either side by Christmas Day and New Year's Day. You lose track of what day it is. Are the shops open today? Normal times? And what about the Postman - does he come this week? And of course the inevitable conversation of what day does rubbish gets collected! Sometimes… Continue reading In Between
There has been a lot of shaking happening in New Zealand at the moment. Last week a large earthquake occurred in the South Island. The aftershocks and tremors of which are still happening. The damage to the land and to people's homes and livelihoods is severe. The landscape is forever altered. In our lives there are occurrences,… Continue reading Shaken not stirred
"Haal-e shoma chetoreh?" In Persian one asks another "Haal-e shoma chetoreh?" It's like our version of "how are you doing?" In fact it's better than that. Translated, it is actually asking about the transient state of one's heart. In other words "how is your heart doing at this very moment, at this breath?" How is your… Continue reading How is your heart?
First Leicester City won the Football Premier League in England. The Chicago Cubs then won the World League series after a 100 year drought. Then after 111 years of silence Ireland stormed to victory against the All Blacks. 2016 has also been the year that no one saw of Brexit and Trump for President of the United States.… Continue reading A Life Upside Down
"Bold faith stands on the shoulders of quiet trust." (Bill Johnson) Faith is not knowing what the future holds, what the outcome will be, but knowing and trusting in our God. We can be bold in our faith when we trust in God. When we trust in His character, His goodness and His love for us.… Continue reading Bold Faith, Quiet Trust