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2018 07p1Women in the Bible are often unnamed, and yet the snippets of their stories, scattered throughout, provide a wealth of wisdom, quietly challenging our own faith… So it is with the woman who offers the extravagant gift, lavishly pouring expensive perfume from an alabaster jar over the feet of Jesus. (Luke 7:36-50)

2018 06p1Small things matter. Last month in desperation with the weight of feeling so very tired that my bones ached, I visited my GP. It turns out that my vitamin D was extremely low and after a few weeks of high dose tablets, I feel so much better. Such a small thing yet with the potential to affect so much!

Small things have the power to change , to grow, to combine with a myriad of other small things to create dynamic effects. We should never discount nor despise the humble small gesture with potential for so much more than its outward appearance.

2018 05p1We can believe that God is silent when often, it may be that we have not listened enough to what He has already said to us. If we are really honest with ourselves, we may often have heard God, but chosen not to obey. We have told ourselves that surely God didn’t mean me, when he said that; surely that verse in the Bible doesn’t apply to today? Surely, when I know that God provided this for me originally, He doesn’t want me to give it up now? We offer up excuses to ourselves as to why we don’t need to do whatever it is that God has asked of us or else, we make a lukewarm response to God’s request. We procrastinate; not obeying straight away or else we do not obey wholeheartedly burying ourselves in other seemingly good works that help us to justify our response and keep us from thinking too much of God’s original request. So it is for me at the moment…

2018 04p1Jesus carried the weight of the world on his shoulders- once- and for all, so that we do not have to. Standing at the foot of the cross, repentant and empty handed, we are given our freedom through the death and resurrection of the Saviour.

He took upon himself, in the agony of the cross, every burden of mankind; every sin; every tear; every pain; every suffering known to man; every load that we often insist on carrying for ourselves- so that we could be free…how amazing is this!

2018 03p1God sees us

In parts of South Africa, the accepted greeting is “Sawubona”, which translated literally, means “I see you” . The recipient of these words will reply “Ngikhona”, meaning “I am here” The exchange signifies something much deeper than a polite “hello”: more an acknowledgement and recognition of mutual understanding, respect and an upholding of each other’s unique spirit.
As individuals, we long to be truly seen, recognised and understood; to be deeply known and to know another. We long for someone to completely “get us”. We often look for that to be fulfilled in another person, and yet even our closest friend cannot know us; cannot “see us” as God does.
In the story of Noah, God sees the extent of human wickedness; “how the earth had become corrupt and is full of violence.” (Genesis 6:11)
God sees his people but they do not see him, nor acknowledge him.

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