198. Christmas Communion

[Christmas 2020] What would you choose as a gift this Christmas?  Do you feel that Christmas has been stolen from you or cancelled just because you cannot make merry in the same way you always do?  The tiring old story of the virus just does not go away.  It rages on into “my” December.  I like December – always.  My…

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…

182. Can sheep fly?

Just asking.  Can you make a mind-picture of a flying sheep?  I do not mean a cartoon or a funny image.  It is serious – a shiny and healthy sheep with gigantic wings that peacefully and confidently navigate the wind and enjoy the view from up high. One of the challenges of this history-in-the-making-period that…

153. Supernatural and extraordinary – it is for me!

“He is not the soul of Nature, nor any part of Nature. He inhabits eternity: He dwells in a high and holy place: heaven is His throne, not his vehicle, earth is his footstool, not his vesture. One day he will dismantle both and make a new heaven and earth. He is not to be…

152. The arm of God.

“There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (man’s search for God) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?” C.S. Lewis, Miracles. It is a most miraculous moment if you want it.  The instant that time stands…

150. Look… and receive understanding.

It is easy to look. It is difficult to see. I am sure you have had the experience that someone says: look! and you have to say: where, what?  To see what needs to be seen is the not always simple and obvious. We need a looking glass, a special instrument or someone to point it…

145. Don’t worry… you are safe!

These are the most wonderful words to hear. In the panic, in the most difficult state of affairs, in the middle of the fight, within the helpless disappointment of things spiraling out of control, these words will bring calm and reason in your mind. You are out of harm’s way. You are protected. Always and everywhere…

144. The command to live by.

We are talking about the brain-bug: fear. How can we live boldly and fully? How will our lives epitomize the elements of the Christmas Advent: joy, peace, love and hope when we are crushed by the issues and dangers of modern living. All that Jesus came for, lived to exemplify and died for are rendered meaningless…

121. King of peace.

[John 12] Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. To come to Jerusalem during the time of the Passover took great courage. Jesus knew He was already in big “trouble” with the authorities. Lodgings must have been a problem inside Jerusalem. Bethany was one of the places outside the city to stay when the visiting…

120. God in action!

[John 11] What is a miracle? It is an event in the lives of men that can only be explained in supernatural terms. The official definition underlines the mystery aspect of a highly improbable or extraordinary event. As the dictionary puts it: It is a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural…