Thursday, September 11, 2014

Great is Thy Faithfulness

God's faithfulness is new every morning.

Even if it appears that we are alone, we are not. God is with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us; he promised that. One of my lifelong favourite hymns, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" says: "... Thou changest not thy compassion, they fail not. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me." 

And for a significant reason, I've revisited the hymn first thing this morning.

Sometimes in the midst of trials, lingering illness included, we feel so unloved, alone, hurt, unappreciated, and abandoned.  Or, for no reason we are depressed and can't even figure out why. We also feel letdown after some event's excitement only to find we have overspent excessively, perhaps blowing our budget the year through. Well, you are not alone.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Forgiveness: I'm Sorry

Having difficulty forgiving? You are not alone. 

As we go through life striving to find our peace of mind, situations may frustrate us as some people can rub us the wrong way consciously or not,  and cause us to respond eye for an eye.   

The Devil's intent is always to spoil that which is good. Even before God's gift of life was ours, he stated his assault in the Garden of Eden. But God in His mercies will not let His power be defeated. Side by side the Devil lures us to sell our souls to him like he does to Dr. Faustus. But through storms of life, God is ever nearby ready for us, if we but seek his help.  Once again, God takes our hand with His own forgiving grasp.

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.