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Waiting

The following poem comes out of an evening service which was called "Creative Prayer" -

Waiting....
"Please hold on...."

Fingers drum on the tabletop.
Eyes, first glancing then staring at a wristwatch.
Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick.
Seconds stroll by.

Ears hearing muzak on its umpteenth loop
A sigh.
Teeth gritted 
Heart racing.
Tension building
Anxiety rising with each passing second.

"Oh Lord, how long must I wait?"
One hand reaches for a little book on the table
A Gideon's New Testament
Fingers flick through the pages...
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
Patience
Long....suffering
Endurance

"I want to give that person a piece of my mind!"
But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy,
Peace
Contentment
Calmness

"I can put you through now; sorry for the delay."
"I'm not"

He took off all his clothes

“I hid my wound under my clothes. Nobody could see it, including myself, and I completely forgot about it. Then I met someone who, filled with love, held me tight in that point. The pain was devastating, and I hated him, o how much I hated him, the cause of all my suffering. Then I met someone, beautifully dressed, and I loved him so much, holding him tight with all my passion. And he suffered badly, and he hated me, o how much he hated me, the cause of all his pain. So the story went on till I met someone who undressed himself, standing completely naked, with all his horrible wounds. Hence I also undressed, and I saw my horrible wounds, which he could also see. Then...”

--Franco Santoro

At the risk of upsetting some of you, I want to say that that last fiigure in the quote reminds me of Jesus. Not the Jesus that has too often been misrepresented. He is not the one who squeezes too tight and causes pain and distress. Those wounds that he shows us were inflicted because of us and he b…

Disability

I missed the morning service on Sunday as was visiting a friend who lives out of London.  However when I got to the evening service and read the notice sheet, I learnt that they were dealing with the theme of "disability". I don't know how Young, our curate and the team dealt with it, but let me first of all quote what was written in the notice sheet.

Some people who have what is defined as a disability say "I have not been handicapped by my condition. I am physically challenged and differently able."We often define disability when some is disabled - mentally, physically or emotionally.  However, in those conditions sometimes people with a disability are far more able than we are. Surely none of us are perfect and all of us have some chalenge that we have to work around. 

As we are dealing with the theme of "disability" this morning what would your answer[s] be to these questions:

What is my attitude to people who have disabilities andhow do I react to t…

Break Out

Break out of holy huddles in hallowed halls
Harmonising humdrum hymns or hollering hallelujahs
Harping on about how humanity is heading to hell in a handbasket while
Hating homosexuals whores, homeless people (they must have done something to deserve their fate),
Hindus and other heterogeneous people.

Holding on to historical notions about the
Heirarchy of the church and society, (if you acknowledge that society exists, that is.)
Helping ourselves to as much as we can (God helps those who help themselves),
Heaping blame for all societal ills on the "workshy" unemployed. (scroungers).

Handing out religious tracts to people who cannot read, or
Holding placards outside hospitals, announcing impending disaster on women who have had abortions
Hoping to gain a horde of heavenly points for a future celestial reward (As if salvation is not quite enough).
And harrumphing in haughty disgust with mumblings about heresy
When someone dares to question, let alone disagree with what we say…

Father's Day - Different Dad's

Father’s Day - Different Dads

There are Dads through blood and others who’ve adopted Some are Dads through marriage and others who have fostered Single-Dads and others who are ‘part time’, Many ways into ‘fatherhood’; one important role that’s prime.

Both Mum and Dad, many are fortunate to have known A dedicated loving team who fed and guided as we’ve grown As we’ve come to adulthood they’ve cheered us on our way Pledging us their full support as we’ve gradually moved away.

Adopting a baby or small child, your unconditional love to show Brings a new set of challenges to know What aspirations lie within that heart? Am I equal to the task? Can I play my part?

Here’s to the many Dads who are doing it on their own They’re taking on the heavy load, watching us as we’ve grown Being a single parent is certainly no ‘walk in the park’, At times they feel it’s more like "feeling my way in the dark."

Sometimes Dads are really Granddads, Uncles or Big Brothers, Sometimes Dads are step-dads, married to…

Sorry Greg Laurie, you're not right about Matthew 7:1

Mr Laurie, sent out the following devotional on email. I quote it in full so that I cannot bindividual s accused of quoting him out of Context.

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013
The Bible's Most Popular Verse"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you."—Matthew 7:1–2

There was a time when probably the best-known Bible verse would have been John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." It seemed as though everyone either knew this verse or knew a little bit about it.

But that is no longer the favorite verse of most people, especially nonbelievers. In fact, I believe the nonbeliever's favorite verse is Matthew 7:1. I don't think they know the actual reference, but they love to quote it: "Judge not, that you be not judged.&quo…
From Passover to Pentecost This blog has been brewing for while in my mind but I am sitting down now to start sharing it.

Jewish Festivals, unlike Christian ones, are mandated in the Scriptures. That said, Christian festivals often have their parallels in the Jewish Calendar.

Holy Week, for Christians is closely associated with and has its theological roots in Passover.

Pentecost, is rooted in the Jewish Feast of Weeks, Shavuot.

Like Passover, Holy Week is an eight day feast, that is comprised of:

Palm Sunday - Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey. Crowds were welcoming him with branches and laying cloths in the road as they would for a coming king, and they shouted out "Hosanna to the Son of David" and "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."Maundy Thursday - Jesus celebrates the Passover with his disciples in an upper room. Jesus washes the feet of His disciples, showing humility, he talks to them at length about what is about to happen to him over the …
Sheltered Childhood When I was three
My world was free,
Exactly as it should be
Life was so happy and carefree
I had no worries, no frets
I was oblivious to any threats

I was watched and protected everywhere
I didn’t know about the dangers out there.
Fun and games were my agenda.
With Bob, James and Brenda
I was safe and sound;
I could play around.

From my beautiful home,
I had no need to roam,
I had food to nourish
Loving parents who cherish,
And a garden to play in, to my heart’s content,
And servants to mind me wherever I went.

By Mum and Dad, I was well looked after
Life was full of fun and laughter
Life was easier
in old Rhodesia
For the lucky few
(with a lighter hue)

Don’t misunderstand,
Life was indeed grand
It is right that we should not expose
Little ones to dangers or foes
Don’t get me wrong
I'm not complaining in this song.

Life in the bubble was perfect and great
With plen