All posts tagged: christianity

A Personal Reflection: Hope in a pandemic.

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christian / hope / Uncategorized

“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 […]

A counter-standard: Love.

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christian / encouragement / Uncategorized / wholeness

I guess both the wonder and challenge wrapped up within Grace is that we have to accept it isn’t synonymous with our success or hinged upon a favour we only receive in return for doing something exceptionally, or beautifully. In a sense, Grace wills us to move and do and be – even when it knows we will fail. In love, it draws us face to face with the thing that scares us. Or the thing that […]

A poem and a prayer for the night.

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christian / encouragement / hope / Uncategorized

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 […]

Flawed

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Could it be that when we commit to being authentic, we experience more tension than we would if we hadn’t made such a commitment? Rather than seeking to be the impressive idea of what we think others think we should be, we represent what we are, which is something that might often fall short of what we *should* be? It’s less neat. Less perfect. It makes mistakes. Says the wrong things. Wobbles lots. Is selfish […]

Part two: Behind the door.

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encouragement / light / mentalhealth / Uncategorized

What makes you different? (Your faith? Your current sense of mental or physical health? Skin colour? Body Image? Insert your *thing* here) When you enter into a room full of people and become aware of your difference, before words, if any, have been exchanged, What do you feel about that difference? Why is that for some of us, our first inclination is to hide whatever of our own differences are most apparent for us? Why […]

Part 1: Hollow

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christian / inspiration / mentalhealth / Uncategorized

“God grabbed me. God’s Spirit took me up and set me down in the middle of an open plain strewn with bones. He led me around and among them—a lot of bones! There were bones all over the plain—dry bones, bleached by the sun. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Master God, only you know that.” Ezekiel 37:1-3 (MSG) It was as if something had momentarily suspended whatever it was that […]

The table I had waiting.

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inspiration / peace / Poetry / Uncategorized

I couldn’t care less if what you say doesn’t come out as precisely as you wished Or if you don’t hold as much knowledge about that thing that you thought you should. I couldn’t care less if the way you do what you do Fails to meet some standard of him or her or that. I am well aware you are more than the words I haven’t yet heard. More than the knowledge or skills […]

Direction.

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Standing in the middle Where east meets west, And north meets south The sun shines down warm in this spot And the breeze is quiet and cool, Patiently waiting, circling the soul that has, for whatever reason, Found itself paused in the middle. Whether for weariness or fear Or for grief or disappointment, Or some other such thing. The calm of the middle will always be here, encircling, warming, holding, until the breath has found […]

Are you finished?

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encouragement / inspiration / Poetry / Uncategorized / wellbeing

Don’t stop speaking. Unless you are finished. If your speech falters and fumbles and there then comes this fear-shadow that insists you should now be quiet, What of the words, of the wisdom, of the light – Still left hidden behind this only-momentary falter? If you know that you know you had more to say, that there’s more to be heard here, pause. You’re human. Take a breath, Try again, please don’t stop. You aren’t […]

Love like that.

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“Watch what God does, and then you do it…. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that..” Eph 5:1-2 (MSG) ‘Love like that.’ I think sometimes it’s easy to read God’s words as […]