A Rule of Love

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  Psalm 19, ©Mark Hewitt The commandments were a rule of life to guide the people of Israel along their journey to becoming the nation that was promised to Abraham.  The commandments were to offer structure and guidance to a life of wandering.  Communities to which we belong have rules or guidelines to help us be together.  These rules are not meant to …

Everyone’s a Critic

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Moses Striking the Rock and Bringing Forth the Water, ©Chagall, Marc 1985, Painting In our faith journey we may identify with the Israelites. We might start with a clear calling. Then move on knowing God is with us but after a time that sense is dulled – forgoten. We loose sight of the call, question – doubt – complain. Waiting for …

River Sunday

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As our last week of the season of creation we have had a focus on rivers, and on water.

Water is life for us as humans but also for our creation. It was the beginning of life and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the beginning of new life for us through baptism. But water is a resource we have not always looked after and appreciated.

Water can be gentle, still and peaceful, but water is powerful. With enough time water can wear away a mountain, or smooth the edges of a rough stone. With enough small moments and small steps, God can smooth the rough edges in our lives and transform us.

With enough small moments and steps we can help transform others lives. And with enough small actions by enough people we can help to positively transform creation.

Wilderness/Outback Sunday

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Bird over Glen Helen Gorge, ©Dee Vawser 2016, Photograph Although the world we live in currently is a pretty dangerous and devastating wilderness, it is a place where God is, where Christ has been, and where the Spirit continues to accompany us with comfort and guidance. We find ourselves in the wilderness, Lord Jesus, and we are aware of others …

Promises

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Grace alights freely and gently as a butterfly on a careworn hand, ©Rob Stoner 2017, Watercolour My water colour painting of a butterfly sitting on a hand, surrounded by these words, “Grace alights freely and gently as a butterfly on a careworn hand” encapsulates all that I want to say this morning. Because, whatever the Gospel is about, it is …