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A Personal Reflection: Hope in a pandemic.

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“In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. He asked, “What’s this you’re discussing so intently as you walk along?” They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend. Then one of them, his name was Cleopas, said, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard what’s happened during the last few […]

Properties of The Light.

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It’s a strange reality. The notion that Jesus, who is Good, endorsed denying ourselves. At first hearing, that seems not all that good for our becoming – for our flourishing. I think the way that message has been communicated over the years has actually lead to some less than helpful understandings of who God is, and perhaps, of our understanding of who we are, to him. But – to deny ourselves in light of the […]

A poem and a prayer for the night.

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Deep in the night Where light is most known in some place other than here At each gust of wind The wind chime moves And with each movement, she makes her simple sound Lets us know that she’s here That the wind tonight moves her Makes her feel Draws out melodies words Important to note though, As simple her melody It goes heart-deep It is not empty noisy words The wind simply blows And in […]

How do we respond?

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  The more I explore mental health in my counselling training, the more I see an issue not with the people who are struggling with stuff (which is most of us at some point) but rather, how the ones who these people are surrounded by (which I think also is most of us), respond to the ones who are struggling. What is the nature of the discussions being had of people struggling some way in […]

Raising the new; from the inside out.

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“They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new.” Isaiah 61:1-7 (MSG) The verses leading up to this talk about how exactly those who mourn in Zion are able to ‘rebuild new cities.’ About what conditions are needed to move from mourning, to rebuilding. What is within their power to rebuild will be dependent upon […]

The Ocean that holds you: Patience

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  Within the bounds of Patience, is an Ocean holding you. Within the waters of Patience is a peaceful current that, without even trying, has a will bent on carrying you to the next thing. Within the bounds of patience, hope, not despair, is found. Patience. When we find ourselves standing in this mysterious space; remember it is one that holds, rather than breaks, the promises made out to you. Patience sees. It sees beyond […]

Christmas and New Year: Finding the embrace of love.

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“God embraced our frame When He graced the world He made All hail the divine in a manger Love embraced our fate When the playwright took the stage All hail the arrival of our maker All hail the arrival of our Saviour All hail the arrival of our maker” Arrival – Hillsong. (From the album ‘The Peace Project’). (Artist – Jesse Treece) I find these lyrics encouraging in amongst my own ‘shoulds.’ I guess in […]

Wonders to be worked.

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“…There is an illusion that we can have sometimes that we are ‘passionate for God,’ but the reality is we’re maybe a little more confident in our ‘passionate personality,’ and we’re clinging to an illusion. Instead of actually getting to the point (of often brokenness) where we know that we know that we know… that it’s only by grace.. that we can even lift our voice” – Brian Johnson (From his talk ‘Overcoming Anxiety’ on […]

Fight + Surrender

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“Worship is the arena in which God recalibrates our hearts, reforms our desires, and rehabituates our loves. Worship isn’t just something we do; it is where God does something to us. Worship is the heart of discipleship because it is the gymnasium in which God retrains our hearts.” – James K Smith The beauty of approaching Jesus is that we need not have it all together. In fact that very belief leaves us separated from […]

Hope is on her way.

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Painted a bit of a heart-warming mess of tones and textures this afternoon. For me, these tones reflect the sweet moment of finally sensing the warmth of hope in the midst of seasons that have, at times, been somewhat grey and gloomy. Hope always arrives; if she hasn’t yet, do not fear, for she is most certainly on her way. The thing about the nature of hope is that she does not, and will not […]