223.  Leading a “double” life

I know it sounds negative and ominous.  A double life is mostly associated with lies, trickery and pretext.  A spy would necessarily lead a double life, lying about his real intentions, identity, motives and goals, living in fear of being caught.  His success would depend on his own skills of deception.  Cheating on a spouse or partner implies a…

222.   The time in between

Time has character.  There are festive times, work times, play times, waiting times, desert-times, times of renewal, times of restoration and many more.  Every aspect of our lives is measured in time and could be described according to a manner of time. Surely the most significant and remarkable time in all history was the time between the…

221.  Stay, linger, stand still

[Passover 2022] It is that moment of silent shock.  Things are so different from what was expected.  The minutes are filled with uncertainty, disbelief and distress.  What now? Every year, at the time of the Passover (I prefer this name to Easter), I ask the Lord to teach me something new of the events that determined time and…

220.  Pebbles for the footpaths

Stones, rocks and pebbles speak to me. They always have.  I  had collections of rocks and pebbles that adorned my shelves where other people would place a souvenir or ornament.  I read about the significance of Joshua’s altar on the banks of the Jordan with river stones from the middle of the river that looked and felt different…

219. The Power of a woman

The voices of women are everywhere – loud and clear and powerful.  The debate on women’s rights and equality is heated and on-going.  Modern society has forcefully expanded the rights of women, even to the point of choosing to be a man.  Personally I had never wished to be a man, but I  have had the privilege to grow…

218. Giants and their giant-ness

The story of David and the giant is one of the most dramatic faith stories of the Bible.  Even people who do not know the Bible, know about David and Goliath.  Maybe they do not even understand half the story, but they know about the little guy and the giant. After his anointing as the new king…

217. Suddenly…quickly…now

Something we all had to learn over the last two “virus”-years, is patience.  I am sure that everybody thought that by the start of 2022 we would be putting everyday statistics of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths behind us.  Things are dragging on, although there is much hope to finally rid our world of this unprecedented contamination.  Things…

216. The way of the wise

Every so often it is difficult to choose from a wide variety.  The scope of the subject, which we study, is so great that millions of people use the internet to minister and lecture on a scale previously not even imagined.  Every message should be weighed and judged to discern the truth of the content.   It is so…

215.   Deck the halls

By this time of the year, we are all thinking about Christmas and maybe even looking forward to the lovely peaceful time after Christmas when the year breathes for a while and then gear up to start with a bang.  Hopefully some work and some responsibilities can be parked and paused for a while to reflect…

214.  Swing the atmosphere

It is the end of November – again!  The year called 2021 is gearing up for that usual spectacular Christian feast – Christmas.  It happens in the usual ways – lights, balls, bells, shopping the sales and herding the family.   We are tugged and tossed by the fast passage of time – unrelenting and rigidly just –…