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The Irish, since the times of the ancient Celts of that green land, have cherished the idea of ‘thin spots’ - believing, that though the Almighty is always near, there are times and places when tha

Caring hands

God's description of fasting in Isaiah 58 is not about things we might want to stop doing, but about things we ought to start doing -- during Lent, and always.

Epiphany! - The Light of Christ dawns on the whole world, every nation, every person.

laughing man, Albert & Victoria Museum, London

The photo is from the Albert and Victoria Museum in London, England.

church and alps and sky

A personal prayer using words adopted (and adapted) from Psalm 36.

We have so much for which to thank our God.

Thanksgiving could be thanks-living, each and every day.

If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far - go together.

 

- African proverb

Once again autumn has come to us. It is sheer gift. There is a moral aspect to it (as you will note below).  I am always somewhat somber and sad as fall days unfold.

Sunset

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.

Knowledge is great, but what to do with it? We need wisdom - but where to find it?

Knowing God and God's perspective on our world and on our lives is key.

We join in worship, angels 'round the Throne
To worship Him whose death made us His own
With elders, saints and martyrs in that Room -

Weed, Wild Carrot

The Psalmist (103: 15-18) speaks of the brevity of life but also of the promise of God's covenant love and mercy - a prompt to those who wisely determine to trust and obey the Lord.

A movie - VERY loosely based on the New Testament story: 'The Prodigal.'

'Coming Home' is a metaphor for all kinds of situations, as well as, literally, a return to the house, town or country of one's birth or upbringing.

Life's opportunities and resources can be squandered.

Urban Arrival at Night

Having left home, we find ourselves in new surroundings - with all of its new thrills, expectations and challenges.

Man with red shirt on motorcycle

We leave the home of our upbringing, sooner or later, for all kinds of reasons.

This is a world in which good things and bad can and do happen. One is not always prepared. No - we are never really prepared when evil and disaster ascend upon us, as from the Abyss.

little boy singing and dancing

There is such a thing as a healthy ego. Life would be bereft without it.

fire in fireplace

Many people grow up, sons and daughters, in relatively stable, safe and well-provided for environments. Love and caring are evident and the necessities - and more, of life are abundant.

Psalm 42 describes the longing - and the memories of satisfaction known in the past, for God moments.

daffodils

I love all of the Seasons, though as I age and my Raynaud's Syndrome progresses, my appreciation for the colder weather wanes.

I love Spring the most, je pense.

In an Easter message in a Presbyterian church in Calgary, Alberta, Naheed Nenshi, a Mayor of Muslim faith who had been invited to share in the service, enjoined the congregation to never mistake co

rugged landscape and Mediterranean Sea

I met a man from Syria who only a short time before had come to faith in Jesus Christ. In the brief time I had with him, he shared how he first encountered the Saviour.

Sheep and Cross, Scotland

God’s Heaven’s near, a Throne holds sway
Close to creation’s sphere,
And there are places thin, that cry
This is God's world, His Presence near.

Every year it strikes me anew how in practically every instance when the resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples they do not recognize that it is He who is alive and well and present with them.

So my father's oldest sister, the only sibling remaining, is celebrating her 102nd birthday in this month of April in the year of our Lord  - two thousand and seventeen.

churchyard gate

The psalmist encourages the people of God to (Psalm 37:4) 'take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.'

ancient column ruins, Turkey

I've been thinking about how, in John 12 - when the Greeks come and say: 'Sir, we would see Jesus' - that that starts the time-clock of our Saviour moving deliberately towards the Cross.

My father died in March of 2007. I wrote this shortly before he passed through . . .

"Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the soil, it abides alone,” said Jesus.

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