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…

214.  Swing the atmosphere

It is the end of November – again!  The year called 2021 is gearing up for that usual spectacular Christian feast – Christmas.  It happens in the usual ways – lights, balls, bells, shopping the sales and herding the family.   We are tugged and tossed by the fast passage of time – unrelenting and rigidly just –…

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…

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…

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…

184. Entering the darkness.

  I cannot really say it is my favourite story, because I have many favourites – equal favourites… non-gradable.  I have some of the stories of the Bible so burnt into my mind, that it is part of my basic outlook on life for as long as I can remember.  So, let’s us have look…

151. Look… and see the mystery.

We live in a visual world these days. To children and adults alike, education and entertainment are visual, dramatic, dynamic and constantly improved.  In classrooms and boardrooms the new tech is used to make people understand and remember as well as stimulate creativity and initiative.  The days of dusty chalk on blackboards are long gone. Long,…

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…

149. Dismembered and dissected – divide and rule!

We cannot fight fear effectively if we do not know what we are up against.  Do we shoot, kick or shout, hide, be silent or argue?  We need knowledge and insight – that clear picture that emerges when we truly see and wisdom to know exactly what to do at the right moment.  We need…

148. What then…how is it possible?

What do you live for?  How do you live for it?  The answers to these questions are the mainstay of a life of excellence.  Yet, we do not spend enough time to contemplate, meditate and pray about the big picture. Often corporations do the exercise.  Strategy sessions they call it.  Management getting together to hammer out…