A way not to lose sight of the sweet, fierce pleasure of knowing Jesus
"In nature I see a transiency, the withering of plants and the changing seasons, but also a constancy, the indifference of all that will stay when I am gone. This is particularly acute when I gaze at the stars with the awareness that when the light of the stars as they are now has reached Earth, I won't be here to view them."
The truth that the gospel proclaims is the truth by which my joy is made complete
From John 13. He was both King and servant - and neither of those titles are reserved to working hours. Love is a full-time occupation, after all. Love in the big things, God on the Earth and God on the cross, but also love in the washing of feet in the basin.
From John 6. In which Jesus' teaching sounds an awful lot like an invitation to cannibalism as far as his disciples are concerned.
From Luke 17. May we serve in such a way that we reach the evening and delight in being a part of our master's household, however menial and tiring the work, rather than bemoaning the aching of our feet after a long day.
From Luke 18. Prayer is about becoming nothing so that God may be everything. That when we decrease, Jesus may increase in our place. We are to be able to say, to use a phrase Miriam Swaffield once used, 'when you see me, see the one who made me'.
The Gospels show that Jesus invites, restores and saves women. The only qualification to be a disciple, or one who teaches, leads, heals, serves or prophecies in the name of Jesus is a love of God. And gender could never disqualify anyone from that.
A reflection on the story behind the hymn 'It is Well with my Soul' and Luke 8. Learning to grow in faith and be transformed by God.
The first two chapters of Luke. Being captivated by Jesus' salvation and grace for me.
Thoughts on Mark 14-16.
How the father in Mark 9 and the widow in Mark 12 are models of faith.