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…

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…

203. Fallible and failing

It is there – right at the end of the story, in the last chapter of the last book of the Bible.  A serious warning to guard our hearts from misery and disappointment.  It is almost hidden, but it would serve us well to elevate it to a principal life skill in surviving the stormy ocean of…

202. Step out and step up

The noise can be unbearable.  We have resorted to the amazing technology of our time.  It gives new impulse to this prolonged pandemic of which the end does not seem so close as we crave.  Various stages of a range of regulations persist in many countries.  A realistic perspective demands patience, which of course can be defined as endurance…

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…

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…

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…

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,…