Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Joy in the morning

I awake with the dawn.
Frost still lingers and the day has given only a pale wash of sunlight in the east. There is no need for the scene of peaceful serenity to give way to memories of the night. Every day to come needs not be stained by the sorrows of previous hours. I am grateful for the morning. For just as a rainbow reminds us of God's promises so the morning signifies new birth and fresh fellowship with out Creator. The morning does not deny the existence of night and darkness, but rather transforms and makes it new. Just as our sin, in all of it's tarnished ugliness, is forgiven when we come to the foot of the cross.

Psalm 30:5
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Resisting the impulse...

The plain truth is that the more intimately you're acquainted with someone, the more distinctly you'll see their flaws, their weaknesses. That's simply the way it is. This is why relationships fail, why children are abandoned, why friendships don't last. You may think you love someone until you truly perceive the way they respond when they're out of money or under pressure or hungry. Love is something entirely different. Love is choosing to serve and be with someone in spite of their repugnant heart. Love is selfless and kind, love is intentional. Love is difficult. Love is sacrifice and endurance, it's peering into the darkness of another person and resisting the impulse to leave. 


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

That unquenchable thirst...

As I attempt to navigate through the horrifically delicate season of life also known as your “teenage years”, many opportunities and choices arise that can end up being potentially life-altering. It is within these times of decision that I have a seemingly unquenchable thirst to know the plan God has for my life. For some things God is very clear about you not doing. For example, the Ten Commandments (found in Exodus 20), however, there are many things that God is not as clear on. Some things are ambiguous, so to speak. In these instances, there are places in Scripture we can go to for building a picture of what God would like us to do. It’s the Holy Spirit that makes Romans 12:2 a reality: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”