Jesus told a group of frightened weary sailors in a boat fighting a fierce wind to stay calm with the words “Take courage, it is I, don’t be afraid”. As we move into our second year dealing with a virus that seems to have no let up, perhaps it’s good for us to hear those words and take comfort as we ride out the storm together.
It’s Valentines Day. The day focussed on love, along with chocolates, cards, flowers and all kinds of other gifts. It’s also a day to remind us that God is love and loves all of us with a love that has no limit. So love on and take the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 as a guide should you need some further direction.
The book of Ecclesiastes has been a book engendering much debate over the years.It’s also been the source of two significant and successful pop songs.One in particular riffs off of Solomon’s musings about there being a time for everything in due time.You can find it in Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8.Worthy of our contemplation.
There are aspects of being flexible that have more to do with just being able to touch your toes.
There are aspects of life that require flexibility and this time of Covid-19 is definitely one of them.
The word “Lament” isn’t something we use much anymore. Its use was much more prevalent a hundred years ago. It seems to have gone out of style, although the action it describes is something we might not wish to get away from.
We don’t normally think of ourselves as refugees, in the comfort of the world in which we live.
However, we are refugees of a sorts as we look to escape 2020 with all of its stress, anxiety, illness and even death.
I trust a verse I share in this podcast from Psalm 46 will be a comfort as we begin this journey into 2021.
Here’s a podcast about three travellers who came a long way to find and honour a new born, a new King. It totally disturbs Herod and his crowd but with the help of some of Herod’s own scribes they are redirected to Bethlehem, a small village of seemingly no importance. Here are some insights that we can learn from this story, given to us by Matthew.
Peace is such an elusive thing.
It has never been a common occurrence between the nations of our world and very seldom something we get to enjoy as individuals.
And yet, we like to quote the angelic announcement to the shepherds of the promise of “peace on earth”.
I share an idea about peace and how it connects to our giving God a place in our lives in this Advent podcast.
This may be the strangest Advent and Christmas season we will experience for hopefully a long time.Hope is the subject of our first Advent service and it is truly a good way to begin.
It’s been a week to remember the price paid by so many to give us the lives we enjoy. In the midst of this pandemic that is just getting worse by the day, it’s good to remember what others have endured and come through stronger. That has to be our prayer as we look forward with hope and optimism.