Friday, August 29, 2014

Prayer and Praying

What is prayer to you? How do you pray?

Prayer is the most important talk I do. It is the best thing that happens to me as I feel most intimate with God, my creator and saviour, my refuge and strength, my only constant friend.

In recent years, especially the past months, I find myself often in prayer, in solitary, or even amid the maddening crowd. Prayer is extremely appeasing. My praying has become more intense too, as biological days race and tick.

Prayer placates. It keeps me closest to my highest power. It makes me most vulnerable before Him, who I long to be with ... "I hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar," as one of my favourite poets, Alfred Lord Tennyson, prayerfully puts it. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Glory to Behold

One glory experience ...

By V. Kerr, Guest Writer

It was that night I saw the sunset and I was sure I was blessed. And so would anyone be:  A great swathe of salmon pink cloud settled over half of the horizon.  Earlier, bright pink and glimpses of gold were on show.  

Overhead, the pale blue and mauve sky colours were “waiting in the wings.” It was a spectacle to be enjoyed by anyone who wanted to see it.

This made me think about a personal vision of my Saviour that I once witnessed. At the time I was physically located in a small meeting room in one of the parks run by the Council. Low-priced English lessons were available and I was the teacher.

Above me during the lesson on this particular day I saw Jesus.  He stood to my right, above the class. One of His arms was folded across the chest.  I could not see His face, only the jaw line, but the whole image was yellow-golden, glowing with a fire-like depth of colour.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Purpose and Motivation

Have thine own way, Lord.

A week ago, last Saturday, I was enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend when she took me by surprise by asking me what's my purpose for working so hard, how contented I appear to be, and which she immediately followed with another question: "What motivates you?"

Not that I didn't know what to answer. I take such questions seriously.  I had few sips of my coffee before I mustered my answer. No, I did not stammer.

Christians are most likely familiar with Rick Warren's "purpose" books, journals, purpose-driven life, purpose-driven church, and so on... and yes, I have some of his books, including two copies of the journal. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Longing for God

Today, I woke up with this verse in mind:  "My soul  hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God."  --- Psalms 84: 2

Feeling alone and dejected? It happens occasionally. We want to connect to a living person but no one seems available.

There are also times when we feel overwhelmed by the heaviness of our problems, concerns of the world we live in, our leaders' integrity and commitment, our own personal relationships, financial issues. Oh, the list can be endless.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Post-Easter Reflection: The Emmaus Walk

By V.K., Guest Writer

The Road to Emmaus

We may have expected it, but the traffic coming into Sydney was delayed by hours yesterday.

People were returning home after taking a break over the long Easter weekend.

Coincidentally, this year, 2014, has been the conjunction of 3 major religious events:  Passover for the Jews, Easter for Christians, and even the Orthodox Church people who normally are behind other Christians by a few days, have celebrated Easter the same weekend.  A lot of celebrating has been going on in the last seven days.  It’s been a very special time for a lot of people.

In Bible times, there was just the Passover as a "major" local event.   Crowds flooded in for that. In our story we see a couple of people returning home after the chaos and energy of Jerusalem.