Category Archives: life

Scarred for Life

S. Giusep Bild Thomas

You rose
with your scars.

You were resurrected,
bearing those marks.

Scars we can touch
and know
and know that you know.

New life,
carrying the scars
of all that had happened,
all that had been,
all ‘they’ had done.

Today
that seems important.

John 20:19-29 (NIV)

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed;blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Prayers on the Move App

Just briefly popping by to recommend the Prayers on the Move App.

I believe this is meant to be an ‘entry level’ introduction to prayer, but if, like me you have limited concentration or stamina, this is a great way to pray.  One sentence prayers, one a day, as easy as that.  There is even a reminder that you can set.

I found the “read aloud” option really helpful to still me and give the space – one minute.  Anyone can manage that! (Though as an aside, I know it’s a common technique used in praying, but not everyone can “Take a deep breath in” and I found that a bit off-putting)

Each prayer is beautifully illustrated, though I did wonder if that made it a bit ‘girly’?  Each prayer is also easily shared via social media, and the ones I have seem to have been well received.  As with any written prayer, some will mean more to you than others, but it’s a great start

There are also many links to other resources to take you further into prayer.

I’ve found this really helpful at a time I’ve needed it.

 

No Place #Advent

 

There is no place
for pride
or arrogance
here.
There is no place for rebellion,
rejecting the better way.
No room for those
who think they know better,
or are better.

Corruption must go,
haughtiness be brought down,
lawlessness corrected.

Only service belongs here,
in and through God,
lived in humility,
truth,
hope
and love.

That is God’s way.

May it be my way

The theme of the first week in Advent is The Day of the Lord.  We look forward to the coming of that day.

Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13  (CEV)

Sinful Jerusalem

Too bad for that disgusting,
    corrupt, and lawless city!
Forever rebellious
    and rejecting correction,
Jerusalem refuses to trust
    or obey the Lord God.

I will purify each language
and make those languages
    acceptable for praising me.
Then, with hearts united,
everyone will serve
    only me, the Lord.
10 From across the rivers
    of Ethiopia,
my scattered people,
my true worshipers,
    will bring offerings to me.

11 When that time comes,
you won’t rebel against me
    and be put to shame.
I’ll do away with those
    who are proud and arrogant.
Never will any of them
strut around
    on my holy mountain.
12 But I, the Lord, won’t destroy
    any of your people
who are truly humble
    and turn to me for safety.
13 The people of Israel who survive
will live right
    and refuse to tell lies.
They will eat and rest
    with nothing to fear.

I Want to Serve the Purpose of God