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…

208. Safe with the lions

Some Sunday school stories linger long in our minds, especially those with animals in them, like Daniel in the lion’s den and Jonah and the whale.  The impossibilities of the Daniel-story and fable-like characteristics of the Jonah-story make a big impression.  Our imaginations are engaged, which is a good thing after all.  My sons listened wide-eyed as they…

207.  Gather the stones

It is all about the stones, the rocks of remembrance.  We do so easily forget what God has done for us.  Is mankind any different from the characters in the gory stories of blood and sex in the Book of Judges?  The reproach of the writer of Judges comes early in the narrative:  When all that generation [talking about…

206. The Scale of Scarcity

As children we often played with ants.  They are fascinating little creatures.  They walk in long rows, mostly single file.  We were astonished at how persistent they would march to some or other destination.  We  used to put all sorts of obstacles in their way to see how they react – a heap of sand, a stone, a stick or…

205. Overpowered and overwhelmed

[Passover 2021] A few hours in an ancient garden changed the world forever.  Men in action, words spoken, and an unrelenting chain of events that will change the course of history and the calculation of time.  Let us time travel back to the hours in the garden of Gethsemane.  In my desire to learn something new every…

204. Hole in the soul

Window to the soul, insight into thoughts, a view on circumstances, vision for the future, seeing the deeper things of life, one look of reproach or forgiveness or a stink eye that conveys anger – all the things we do with eyes.  Eyes are probably the most important symbolic sensory organ. Other qualities that eyes are commonly associated with,…

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…

201. The divisive debate is the bait

Most people would agree that we live in extraordinary times.  It’s not very often in history that we are all so aware of the world as a global village facing a common enemy, scrambling for solutions on multiple levels.   During the past few years, we have often heard the accusations of unscientific thinking and the adulation…

200. The super-power of One and one.

Revivals are a sovereign move of God initiated by the Holy Spirit working through consecrated men and women.  It begins with a deeper appreciation for the holiness of God and a realization of how offensive our sins must be in the sight of a holy God.  Revivals are not churches filled with people but people filled with…