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…

184. Entering the darkness.

  I cannot really say it is my favourite story, because I have many favourites – equal favourites… non-gradable.  I have some of the stories of the Bible so burnt into my mind, that it is part of my basic outlook on life for as long as I can remember.  So, let’s us have look…

183. Called for the gap

Walls and gates have been prominent in our world since ancient times.  As soon as the nomads of the earliest history settled somewhere, they built dwellings of some sort.  Villages became cities and almost immediately had to be defended against enemies of all kinds.  Cities needed walls, with gates and towers for the watchmen.  The…

182. Can sheep fly?

Just asking.  Can you make a mind-picture of a flying sheep?  I do not mean a cartoon or a funny image.  It is serious – a shiny and healthy sheep with gigantic wings that peacefully and confidently navigate the wind and enjoy the view from up high. One of the challenges of this history-in-the-making-period that…

181. A journey through ancient Judea

  A reflection for the time of the Passion of the Christ What a privilege to consider the Cross of Jesus in these times of unprecedented events in the history of our world.  A time like this might come around once in a few generations.  Let us then fix our eye on the Ancient of…

180. If my people…

  It is the end of March 2020.  If there were ever a time that I felt I am living history, it is in this time of global lockdown to contain a virus.  The world has become silent.  Most people are withdrawn into their own homes or are confined to their dwelling place, some quite…