Spreading a passion to prize God supremely, to praise God wholeheartedly, and to proclaim God universally.
A Good Friday Reflection
"Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world."
The cross has opened the gate into a world which Jesus Himself desires
to share with us. He fully knows the glory that awaits those who follow
Him. Jesus has tasted the delights of this "heaven" for all of
eternity. We ourselves encounter it briefly and find ourselves trying to
cling to elements of it that are yet beautifully reflected in this
realm. We reminisce of moments when we have caught a glimpse of it but
find that we can not hold it or even recapture it. We create idols that
we vainly hope will continually convey to us the pleasures of which our
souls have once tasted and for which we now long. Yet, these are fading
shadows indicating the reality of that ultimate pleasure that He has
always known in communion with His heavenly Father. The death of Jesus
on the cross ought to indicate something to us of the infinite beauty
and worth of what is to be enjoyed if we should follow Christ. The cross
was the sacrifice that He was willing to pay in order to share His joy
completely and fully with as many as would come. When you think of how
terrible the cross must have looked to the Son of God, imagine how
glorious heaven must be that He was willing to pay the price.
(my early morning drive) " Everyday, I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever ." (Psalm145:2) As many of you know, my wife, MariAnne, and I have been on sabbatical and are in a period of seeking the Lord for our future. We are determined to live by faith and to trust the Lord for His direction and His provision. Learning to be obedient daily to the Lord outside of a "normal" routine continues to be a blessed discipline. One of my prayers has been to be alert and available so as to "seize the moment" to serve when God opens an opportunity for me to bless one person at a time. As you might expect, almost always, it works the other way around. God opens up opportunities to serve others and I end up leaving the conversation or meeting with my heart full of thanks. Who is serving who? Who is blessing who? Living attentively by the Spirit is like those "take your kids to work" days. God the Father is tak
"The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with singing... Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped, and the lame man shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy." Isaiah 35 This morning, I sat outside and read my Bible. It was early but the sky was already blue, the sun was shining, and it was warm. The European Starlings sang and chirped as they dashed about getting food for their little ones, occasionally stopping to rest at the top of the neighbour's orange tree. That tree is laden with oranges hanging like Christmas tree ornaments. That is about all that is reminiscent of Christmas. This is a snow-free zone where winter is forbidden. Despite my allergy to bee stings, I observed, with genuine pleasure, the busyness of bees gathering nectar from blossoms atop the cactus'