226.  Everything is under control

This old world van never hold me, any moment I’ll be gone.  I have made my consecration and I have my “wedding garments” on.   These are the words of an old song.  Our world feels timeworn and feeble.  Our planet is overweight  with desperation, destruction, and deprivation, hungry for relief and restoration and overwhelmed with burning issues aimed at…

225.  It  is Pentecost today

Today, this day is our birthday – the miraculous, joyous birth of the Church of Jesus Christ on the day of the Jewish Feast of Weeks just ten days after the Ascension of Jesus. When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from…

224. The grip of the terrible

My mind reels, horror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been turned into fear and trembling for me. (Isaiah 21:4, Amp) What is going on in 2022 so far? I “see” sorrow, I hear of tragedy,  I “feel” the sharp sting of evil.  I can go further and “smell”  the death and destruction of another cruel war on the  European…

223.  Leading a “double” life

I know it sounds negative and ominous.  A double life is mostly associated with lies, trickery and pretext.  A spy would necessarily lead a double life, lying about his real intentions, identity, motives and goals, living in fear of being caught.  His success would depend on his own skills of deception.  Cheating on a spouse or partner implies a…

222.   The time in between

Time has character.  There are festive times, work times, play times, waiting times, desert-times, times of renewal, times of restoration and many more.  Every aspect of our lives is measured in time and could be described according to a manner of time. Surely the most significant and remarkable time in all history was the time between the…

221.  Stay, linger, stand still

[Passover 2022] It is that moment of silent shock.  Things are so different from what was expected.  The minutes are filled with uncertainty, disbelief and distress.  What now? Every year, at the time of the Passover (I prefer this name to Easter), I ask the Lord to teach me something new of the events that determined time and…

220.  Pebbles for the footpaths

Stones, rocks and pebbles speak to me. They always have.  I  had collections of rocks and pebbles that adorned my shelves where other people would place a souvenir or ornament.  I read about the significance of Joshua’s altar on the banks of the Jordan with river stones from the middle of the river that looked and felt different…

219. The Power of a woman

The voices of women are everywhere – loud and clear and powerful.  The debate on women’s rights and equality is heated and on-going.  Modern society has forcefully expanded the rights of women, even to the point of choosing to be a man.  Personally I had never wished to be a man, but I  have had the privilege to grow…

218. Giants and their giant-ness

The story of David and the giant is one of the most dramatic faith stories of the Bible.  Even people who do not know the Bible, know about David and Goliath.  Maybe they do not even understand half the story, but they know about the little guy and the giant. After his anointing as the new king…

217. Suddenly…quickly…now

Something we all had to learn over the last two “virus”-years, is patience.  I am sure that everybody thought that by the start of 2022 we would be putting everyday statistics of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths behind us.  Things are dragging on, although there is much hope to finally rid our world of this unprecedented contamination.  Things…