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29 September 2020Just a thought

In Your Hands 

I thank you, O God, for your care and protection this day, keeping me from physical harm and spiritual corruption.  I now place the work of the day into your hands, trusting that you will redeem my errors and turn my achievements to your glory.  And I now ask you to work within me, trusting that you will use the hours of rest to create in me a new heart and new soul. 

— Jacob Boehme in The Grateful Table

28 September 2020Just a thought

Seek the Lord while he may be found, 

    call upon him while he is near; 

let the wicked forsake their way, 

    and the unrighteous their thoughts; 

let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, 

    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 

    nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. 

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, 

    so are my ways higher than your ways 

    and my thoughts than your thought 

 - Isaiah 55:6-9. New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised

26 September 2020Just a thought

Long Life: 

A tough old cattleman from Jindabyne [south-east Australia] counselled his granddaughter that, if she wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on her oatmeal every morning.  The granddaughter did this religiously until the age of 103, when she died. 

She left behind 14 children, 30 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren, and a 40-metre hole where the crematorium used to be. 

25 September 2020Just a thought

Suffering: 

Jesus doesn't give an explanation for the pain and sorrow of the world.  He comes where the pain is most acute and takes it upon himself.  Jesus doesn't explain why there is suffering, illness, and death in the world.  He brings healing and hope.  He doesn't allow the problem of evil to be the subject of a seminar.  He allows evil to do its worst to him.  He exhausts it, drains its power, and emerges with new life. 

— Prof. N. T. Wright

24 September 2020Just a thought

Nature Wisdom 

Don't be sad that roses have thorns; be glad that thorns have roses. 

— Lee Child 

23 September 2020Just a thought

God within us: 

Within each of us exists the image of God, however disfigured and corrupted by sin it may presently be. God is able to recover this image through grace as we are conformed to Christ. Just as the figure of David lay hidden within the marble, discernible only to the eye of its creator, so the image of God (however tarnished by sin) lies within us, seen and known by God Himself.  Yet God loves us while we are still sinners.  He doesn't have to wait until we stop sinning.  Acceptance of His love is a major step along the road that leads to our liberation from the tyranny of sin. 

― Alister E. McGrath

22 September 2020Just a thought

Morning Prayer 

Encircle my soul 

In morning stillness 

Scatter the shadows of fear 

 

Be at my side in midday bustle 

Weave through the 

knotwork of time 

 

Talk to my heart 

In teatime chatter 

Speak through the discords of life 

 

Lighten the load 

Of incoming darkness 

Glow like a star at midnight. 

— Jane M. Mackichan

21 September 2020Just a thought

The Glory of God: 

The heavens are telling the glory of God; 

    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 

Day to day pours forth speech, 

    and night to night declares knowledge. 

There is no speech, nor are there words; 

    their voice is not heard; 

yet their voice goes out through all the earth, 

    and their words to the end of the world. 

 - Psalm 19: 1-4

19 September 2020Just a thought

Grudges: 

Negative feelings are like stray cats.  The more you feed them, the more they hang around. 

— quoted by Joyce Rupp in The Star in My Heart 

• Don't hold on to grudges, old arguments, and other negative feelings.

18 September 2020Just a thought

Life after Death: Is it really true? 

When pastors and priests visit the bereaved, the same question is often put: “Is it really true?”  The ‘yes’ you reply becomes stronger with the passing of years.  This is because you see Him every day looking after people in hopeless situations – remembering them – so could it be logical that the God who does so much with us and for us in this life has made no arrangements for what happens to us at the end of our days?   

What about deeply close and loving partnerships?  If, as many are certain, it was God who brought them together, then surely what He starts, He does not throw away?  

 - Rev Dr Laurence Whitley (1949 – 2018), formerly Minister of Glasgow Cathedral 

17 September 2020Just a thought

Faith: 

There is no security except in knowing that, however far and fast we fall, there is a God beneath us; we are falling into God’s arms. 

 - Carol Zaleski

16 September 2020Just a thought

Jesus the Christ of the Sermon on the Mount preferred loving enemies and praying for persecutors, while Jesus the Christ of the book of Revelation preferred killing enemies and slaughtering persecutors.  It is not that Jesus the Christ changed his mind, but that in standard biblical assertion-and-subversion strategy, Christianity changed its Jesus. 

― John Dominic Crossan: in How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation

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