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 –…

213. The cry of the pagan

Another year is on a relentless sprint towards December.  Father Time, usually depicted as an elderly man with an hourglass and scythe, is a very  fit being indeed – no slowing down. He seems not to be affected by the virus at all.  The countries of the world, on the other hand, seem to ride some wave, higher or…

212. A crooked and perverse generation

The Bible has it all.  A signpost in the dark, shining bright light over every obscure and uncertain path of life.  It is and was the same in every generation of the existence of mankind.  A book that grew out of the mysteries of ancient history; a time where only the archeologists can be consulted.   It consists of…

211. The Rock of Revelation

One is allowed back in church again.  If there are some restrictions regarding the virus, there is at least hope that it will end soon.  Things feel a bit more normal.  We have been plucked out of our normality in a cruel and extreme way.  In the beginning of virus-politics and virus-regulations  one often heard about a “new normal”.  I wonder…

210.  Look with your ears

There is so much to write about what I am seeing at this moment.  Just look up where you are and test how many words you need to describe your setting.  Look a bit further, outside, the trees, clouds, plants, sky and mountains and realize how impossible it would be to describe what you see to someone…

209. Life above the clouds

Somewhere in January 2015 I was settling into a window seat on a flight between Calgary and Toronto.  Mid-morning in the middle of the fierce winter months in Canada, a snowstorm was raging.  I checked my phone to see if the flight has been cancelled knowing that the Canadians get on with whatever, even when the weather…

208. Safe with the lions

Some Sunday school stories linger long in our minds, especially those with animals in them, like Daniel in the lion’s den and Jonah and the whale.  The impossibilities of the Daniel-story and fable-like characteristics of the Jonah-story make a big impression.  Our imaginations are engaged, which is a good thing after all.  My sons listened wide-eyed as they…

207.  Gather the stones

It is all about the stones, the rocks of remembrance.  We do so easily forget what God has done for us.  Is mankind any different from the characters in the gory stories of blood and sex in the Book of Judges?  The reproach of the writer of Judges comes early in the narrative:  When all that generation [talking about…

206. The Scale of Scarcity

As children we often played with ants.  They are fascinating little creatures.  They walk in long rows, mostly single file.  We were astonished at how persistent they would march to some or other destination.  We  used to put all sorts of obstacles in their way to see how they react – a heap of sand, a stone, a stick or…

205. Overpowered and overwhelmed

[Passover 2021] A few hours in an ancient garden changed the world forever.  Men in action, words spoken, and an unrelenting chain of events that will change the course of history and the calculation of time.  Let us time travel back to the hours in the garden of Gethsemane.  In my desire to learn something new every…