For me, 2016 started with death, it has been punctuated by death, and my most prominent memory of the close of the year, will also be of death. For the most part, these deaths have been of prominent public figures; Lemmy, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, amongst others. I reckon if Keith Richard can…Read more Our inheritance
Once in while, you come across something which just grabs you. A work of art, piece of music or a picture. Maybe it's the progression of chords in a song, the way melodies interact with each other. The work of art could be an old oil painting from an artist long gone which captures an…Read more Love
Yeah, so .. this gem cropped up on Facebook and I thought I'd share what it brought to mind. The image is of a humorous exchange between, I am guessing, a fictional Sheikh and his son who is studying abroad. ________________ Son: Dear Father, Berlin is wonderful and the people are really nice. Even though,…Read more The Sheikh’s son, the Ferrari and the train
Be like you. Okay, that's the daft hook of the way. Now read on to see why being you is better than being Todd. What I want to say, is that every once in a while we come across someone who epitomises everything we believe in and aspire to be. They could be a rock…Read more Don’t be like Todd White.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqTFNfeDnE This got shown today during the church meeting. I found it moving and inspiring so I thought I'd share it. A sermon of Dr. S.M. Lockridge, set to music with some beautiful visuals. Text from the youtube page: Visuals set to the audio of the famous sermon "Seven Way King" (aka That's My King)…Read more Do you know my king?
Yeah, it's been a wierd start to the year. Lemmy, Bowie and Rickman have all packed their bags and shuffled off their mortal coils. May they rest in peace, and may God surround their family and friends with His peace, grace and comfort as they grieve. But with the deaths of these prominent figures, it's…Read more Everyone keeps dying …
Just as water can bubble out of the ground to form a spring at the lowest point in the forest, it seems that God can bubble out of us at even the low points in our lives. Uhrilähde is fresh water spring in Satakunta, West Finland. It's the weirdest thing to watch. In the middle…Read more Have you ever seen bubbling sand?
There is something about my kids stuff. I find it really hard to clear it out. When we moved to Finland, sorting out the stuff to go to the charity shop was really, really hard. The small plastic yellow chair with the smiley face in the back? Had to get a friend to take it…Read more I will never leave you or abandon you.
It's hard to figure out sometimes what is going on when we enter spiritually dry seasons in our lives. Calling this arid, dusty spiritual time a "Desert Experience" makes it seem somehow noble and worthwhile, almost heroic. For those going through the desert, it can be an intensely lonely time and desperate time. The Desert…Read more My feeble, whispered, faithless prayer …
I had a small revelation reading the weekly church bulletin this week. It contained the usual notices you would expect along with the spoilers for the Christmas story. There is a bit in the story where the angels show up. If it's a school production it will be performed by the cute blond haired kid…Read more This Christmas thing ..