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  Most people are withdrawn into their own homes or are confined to their dwelling place, some quite…

179. Breaking News – tell the story

The year is 1634.  The plague is raging throughout Europe.  The Black Death, they call it.  It causes terrible sores that fester and break open.  The people are desperate and fearful.  The winter is colder than usual… and long. I am getting ahead of myself.  We are so familiar with the red frame on the…

178. It is inherited – so be it

Our best examples for life’s trials and lessons mostly come from the Bible.  The stories are told without the hesitation of modern courtesy.  We can be sure that God is honest with us.  The characters are presented “undiluted” and “unpolished”. When we look at a large piece of history, like the story of Joseph in Genesis,…

177. I am bleeding

Life is unfair.  Yes, yes, we all know it.  It is such a well-known little platitude.  Can nobody think of something original?  As a matter of fact, no.  Why not, you may ask?  Well, since bitterness and inner pain is one of the oldest destructive forces on the face of the earth.  It has been…

176. Anointed senses

We are only human, after all.  Whatever we see, hear, taste, smell and feel makes a difference to our every day.  We judge people and places based on our senses.  We enjoy or reject in a split-second decision whatever and whoever we encounter because of what we sense physically, even before we can make a…

175. Eye on the prize

Wisdom is one of the most positive words on the planet – no doubt.  I want to be wise – period.  It is joined by the hip with the word: excellence – a word that stirs my heart and desire to do better.  The powerful work of the Holy Spirit keeps us focused in our…

174. Top of the list

Yes, I know.  It is that time of the year again.  The list is made. All the wonderful resolutions for the year.  What do they call it now?  – resolution dining.  Diet is so last year.  Even when all the plans and good intentions of last year this time have failed miserably or maybe worked…

173. Future time – let’s look forward

[New Year 202] Indeed, it is that time of the year again. Christmas is over and we enjoy the lull of activities before the storm of responsibilities of a year ahead put us back into bustle-mode.  The days after Christmas are our opportunity to calm down and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction over the last year…

172. Is this what we look like?

[Christmas 2019] We are such visual people, and rightly so. It does matter how things look. Decorating is important.  We break down to build better, design and decorate to adorn our environment and ourselves.  I find much pleasure in the creative and artistic of this world. Christmas is an opportunity to go overboard.  A bit on the…

171. Who then, Oh Jerusalem?

So many of the prophecies of the Old Testament were written as poetry.  Every so often one detects some of it in the English translations, even though the words are so unlike ancient Hebrew.  The laments over Israel’s backsliding and hardened hearts, move the reader to tears and expose the heart of God for his…