194. Do you trust Me?

I was so certain I have used this title before; searching my computer and looking for the familiar words that ring true in my heart.  I was very surprised when I could not find them.  I have found references to trust and I know I have written on it before, but I haven’t used it as a…

193. Keep calm and carry on

We know the drill, don’t we?  As soon as there are widespread unrest, violence, disasters and political upheaval, the voices announcing the end of the world become louder.  Some of them sound like an old-fashioned doom prophet speaking a lament over our world in a cocksure tone of voice.  These days they have many soundtracks, crying out on…

192. Fresh Oil

Alexander Pope said: Swift fly the years.  Of this 2020, I can say: swift flies the year.  How shall we describe our perplexing and bizarre two thirds of this first year of the twenties-decade?   Peculiar, astonishing, odd, weird – of course, we can use a whole series of adjectives and they could all apply, except maybe normal, average,…

191. Deserts, darkness and the sea

  Well, look around you.  How would you describe the world today?  Does it give you hope and fill you with energy for the future or does your view drain the last little bit of courage from your bones?  There is no doubt that 2020 will go down in history as a year of turmoil…

190. But you…what about you?

We live in community – there is no doubt about that.  Many things decided within a community impact our lives even though we might not agree with it.  Sometimes unconditional obedience is demanded from us, as we have all experienced during Covid regulations. The words of Jesus to his disciples often served to set them…

189. Walking in the pathway

We are living history this year.  I know – we have said so before – many times.  As often in history world events or disasters have tremendous impact on the life of the individual.  We read about it and maybe experience something of it in the books and movies about it.  We might get a…

188. The Pathway of Praise

So, things are opening up, eh?  Here in my city the roads are busier and I am grateful.  Yes, I am grateful for traffic.  It is a sign of normality.  I did not like the silence.  The deserted streets, the closed businesses, the ghostly masked figures in the supermarket who avoids even eye contact were…

187. Readiness for revival

Revival is a word that fills me with joy and expectation.  It could be a word that brings discomfort and even aversion to some people.  Church history is full of testimonies of the “touch of fire” that we associate with a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Such a time marked by the spiritual flow…

186. Prepare for Pentecost

Heavenly words – changing earth. I am blessed to talk to you in English.  It is not my mother tongue and I had to learn it and use it as a second mother tongue, for which I am endlessly grateful.  By Grade 8 I started to do Latin as my father was adamant that Latin…

185. Expect heaven’s abundance

I have been reading Luke.  I enjoy the atmosphere of the narrative of this report of Luke on the life of Jesus.  He uses a very sober, almost analytical style, but now and then the raw excitement about this man Jesus that he describes, breaks through and the sheer magnificence of a miracle  shines in…