197. The mark of the beast

Sometimes people talk about other people and say: He is not in a good place, meaning that such a person might not think straight, or perhaps has to handle great tragedy and is therefore unstable, heartbroken and even depressed. When I hear it, I immediately think that a place can change and that it refers to…

196. Planning for abundance

November is upon us.  Most of us still feel as if the Sword of Damocles is hanging over us. World events, politics and pandemic policy all contribute to the stress of this year.  The second wave, more lockdowns, more masks and in the northern hemisphere the icy fingers of winter restrict life.   Most people are looking forward to…

195. Sensitive senses

It is almost the end of October of this most extraordinary of years that we call 2020 and mark as the beginning of a new decade.  Just three months into the beginning of another year full of plans and regular life, the governments of the world made regulations to limit personal freedom, travel and business –…

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…