May 21, 2017 | That feeling of being alone can feed on one of our worst fears, that we might wind up alone forever. We’ve all experienced it, to a degree, at one time or another, either during life transitions or while off travelling. It is enough for most of us to learn pretty quickly that we don’t want to end up that way, alone, deprived of family and friends. I believe Jesus’ words today can bring words of comfort, even in the midst of what feels like absence, we are never fully alone: God’s Spirit is with us. Confusing words for Jesus’ disciples but words they will come to understand that they will never be left to fend for themselves.
May 14, 2017 | This week we find Jesus in the midst of his final conversation with his followers where he assures them that things will be alright after he’s gone. Jesus is preparing them for his imminent departure. They are more than a little confused. He says his is going to his Father’s home to prepare a place for them, whereupon he will come and take them to himself so that where he is, they may also be. Astounding words of comfort and hope. When the time comes Jesus will receive us and where he is we may always be, always! A remarkable promise.
May 7, 2017 | Seeing What We Need To See
All too often we find ourselves knee deep in the muck of life, trying desperately to survive and we forget that we are not in this alone. God is always with us, the constant and never-changing presence.
And we know this, we really do. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” I would be willing to bet that everyone knows at least the first few lines of this psalm. But do we really believe it? “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.” When push comes to shove and when things that define our lives test us in real and stressful and painful ways, do we actually believe God is our Shepherd?
April 30, 2017 | When we are looking for something, we are more likely to see it. Like a certain kind of car, a colour or a particular coffee shop. It’s there, it pops out at us. But when we are not looking at all, we are more likely to miss it.
Like the two broken-hearted disciples on the road to Emmaus who meet up with a stranger along the way. Or is he a stranger? Everything has changed for the worst so they think? Maybe they are just not looking in the right place for the answers they seek.