Posted in Faith & Church, Poetry and Prose

Lent 35 – Light of the World

You
Have always been reaching out
Leading the way
If only we looked up, more often
We would see…

Our heads are stooped
Our spirits are bleak
We walk through valleys of death
as the Psalmist said.

That’s the thing
isn’t it?
We walk THROUGH that valley.
It’s not like we stay in the middle of it,
Never to get out…

But, that’s the thing about lives with heads stooped
Look on Up
Next to you,
With His rod and staff
He’s there
“You’ve got this”
He smiles

However, if your head were down
You’d miss that smile.

The
LIGHT OF THE WORLD
is
very much
HERE and NOW
Look on up
Chin up,

The Light shines in the darkness
The darkness has not overcome it.
It won’t ever!

Posted in Poetry and Prose

Lent 6 – Your Jesus Agenda

I saw this ridiculous trailer, today
The name escapes me
But was that another cheesy pentecostal film?
Trying to scare people into the Way…

Everyone comes with their Own Jesus agenda
Claiming their wisdom is better than another

One said, Hell is what Jesus spoke about the most
Another said, Money is the most spoken about
Yet another declared, the Kingdom of God is the main thing
Sadly, it’s only the nitpicker type that is counting…

Please, let Jesus speak for Himself
Leave your agenda behind

I defintely don’t have it all figured out
But it’s His mystery
His Love
His created world
That lures me in…

Jesus, I can’t box You in
Thank you, that You don’t box me out…

Posted in Poetry and Prose

Don’t be afraid! (Advent 16)

Do not be afraid!
A phrase as old as the hills
A command so profound
Still should ring true, today…

OLD
When you visited your people;
Wrestled with them, called them
Isaiah
Joshua
You meant it!
They need not fear!

NEW
The angels told Mary
They told the Shepherds too.
Jesus said it many times too.
Disciples and others.

Don’t be afraid!
Don’t be afraid!
Don’t be afraid!

That phrase is strewn across your Holy Scriptures…

But it’s like Your people have spiritual amnesia…?

MODERN
Fear, anxiety, worry…
All of these You speak against!
You’ve told us many times before:

do not fear
do not be anxious
do not worry

Your perfect love drives out fear.
Saturate us with that Perfect Love.
Maybe we drown in it…

Because it seems your people are choosing anxiety, worry and fear…

Perfect Love
Perfect Love
Love Divine
Love Incarnate

Rescue us…over and over

Perfect Love drives out fear…

Posted in Poetry and Prose

Gossip Spreader (Advent 13)

You are itching to spread the news…
“Did you hear about so and so?”

Well, I have something for you to talk about…

Penned by Luke
(7:17)
Lean in
Lend me your ear:

“God has come
To help His people”

That news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

That’s the challenge!
Do you accept?

You gossip spreader
Send out that good news
The people need to hear it.

Posted in Poetry and Prose

Only a few thin pages (Advent 12)

Jesus, I’m upset with You,
Your life spread across only a few thin pages.
We learn a lot,
But I long for the in-between

Actually, I’m not upset with You,
I’m upset with the gospel writers
For not adding more content:

About Your laughter
The light hearted conversations along those dusty roads.
Your catching Your own breath as You marvel at the stars above that You put there in the first place…

Actually, I’m upset with Christian readers, who lack the imagination to see you between those thin pages and verses.
To see you splashing Your disciples and giggling about.
What?! Could the Son of God, chuckle?

After all Your word
Is written
It’s in the creativity
It’s in the inspiration and imagination
Your Word is in me.
More than thin pages and small fine print.

After all, that’s what it’s about;
The Word became Flesh.

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life

Remember Two Things…

Every now and then I ponder things and then share them in a blog post.  (This Of Colours and Discovery, has been quiet for some time.)

Just “borrowing” the title from a dave matthews band album:

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Click HERE to go check out that older album.

These may not be big things to you but I’m going to share them anyway.

I was reminded at church tonight about Jesus being the fulcrum in human history.
Basically, whatever you believe… your calendar is based on the life (or death) of Jesus. We follow the Roman calendar and the Roman Empire gave us BC time and AD time.
Whether you’re an atheist, or believe in another religion… you have to subscribe to the fact that we’re all living in AD 2018.
A date that has it’s basis in the life of Jesus. Interesting hey?

The second thing that I have mulling over the last few weeks…
The times we find ourselves in, makes me marvel in wonder!!!
How smart the world is becoming!
I am referring to all the technological advancements around us:

Mobile technology,
Amazon robots doing deliveries
Charging cars
Google glasses
Smart watches
Virtual Reality
Fibre optics

It’s all so amazing! Rattles my brain (in a good way) at times.

And you know what? ALL of this, didn’t catch Jesus by surprise.
It’s not like when He roamed the earth many many years ago…
AD 30 roughly; that man who was a carpenter by trade and was (is the) son of God by identity – He knew about mobile technology, google glasses etc…
None of it was a surprise.

As He used the tools of that time, He had the thoughts that no other human could even comprehend. “Just wait and see, what you people will be coming up with.”

Cars, to planes that travel across the world, to sky scrapers with over 40 floors.

That leads most people to the question: why did Jesus, chose that time to reveal Himself to humankind? (Hmmm, I don’t know… why not ask Him?)

My guess, is He came at the right time. (According to His plan)
And also in a time, where life was a lot less cluttered.
And people would follow Him, out of desiring a relationship with God and not chasing after another gimmick…(like a lot of the modern day person does.)

 

 

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life

Sitting in the front

He walks in a bit late. The service has started. So he hovers at the back waiting for his chance…

As the man in front invites the others to greet one another: “holy chaos” as they have dubbed it… he quickly sneaks towards the front and slips into his (now regular) spot. The second row from the front.
(His reasoning that he wants to be part of the “action.”)
To see and hear what is being preached (taught.)

He sits down next to the same elderly lady he has sat next to for the past three or four visits. Her name is Margaret. (They don’t say much to one another. They just smile.) But that simple weekly connection is good for them both.

The familiar songs bring him to a simple and more devoted time in his life.

“The Lord is near” rings true in his heart.
How this man, and most others have “distanced their God.”

Things must change. He longs for that.
The man in front speaks of Jesus as if He right there with them.
(Seems silly, but how often most people tend to forget that truth.)

So right there, he gets to share a meal with Him. (The church calls it communion.) And how fitting that term is:

This man communes with the Counsellor.
Who comforts, who counsels, we reminds:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14: 27

After all, He’s got the whole world in His hands:

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(Picture: Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life

The Paper

I’m small. Could be seen as insignificant.

I’m just a couple of letters stringed together.
Well, stringed is not really the word.
Typed is more like it.

You have options with me?
You could crumple me up and shoot for the waste basket in the corner.
But you only should put baby there, not me.

If you and I parted ways. I’d hope you’d recycle me.
I could go back into the “system”
And go for round two

Hopefully, making a difference the next time.
There is wisdom laid upon me.
Don’t miss it.

Take me home.
Leave me where other family members may peruse my paragraphs.
Maybe I’m what they’ve been looking for, who knows?

Or take me to your office.
There may be a colleague who needs my words…
I’m light. you can carry me.

Fold me up, put me in your pocket.
But don’t let me stay there.
You can’t share me in the modern ways, via Twitter or Facebook or something.

But that’s okay…
I still have value.
I’m not just a little piece of paper.
My words, read my words!

Oh my word! Am I getting through to you? …

This story inspired by these words printed on a piece of paper:

“But, Jesus I’ve fallen
I don’t mind the rain if
I meet my maker
I’ll meet my maker clean

But, Jesus the truth is
I’ve struggled so hard to believe
I’ll meet my maker
I’ll need my maker

To cure of my doubting blood
And drain me of the sins I love
And take from me my disbelief
I know it should come easily
But it remains inside of me
It battles and devours me
It cuddles up the side of me
And whispers it convinces me I’m right” Dashboard Confessional

CLICK HERE FOR SONG

I lived in Bicester (UK). I ran a cell group for high school teens. This one guy arrived as we were ending of that particular meeting. I handed him a piece of paper with these lyrics (that song we had looked at that night). I told him to YouTube the song. He did. Two weeks later, he was baptized. The power of God. He will even use a piece of paper…

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life

The Resurrection Bias

I was thinking recently how in these modern times on the faith in Jesus journey we have this resurrection bias.

We look at the disciples who hid away in terror after the crucifixion of Jesus.  They were filled with confusion and fear.  What was going to happen?  He said he would be raised from the dead.  Is that even possible?

We as modern readers – want to point fingers and judge them for having little faith.  And entertaining doubt and worry.  But that don’t have the luxury of what we have:

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We KNOW the full story. We can just TURN OVER THE PAGE, literally.  And know that there is RESURRECTION!

Some modern followers of Jesus stay fixated on the crucifixion.
Perhaps they need to move forward to the resurrection.

And there is possible something in that in how we approach people who don’t believe in God. Maybe they live with the idea… death is final. There is no resurrection. Perhaps they are like those “unsure” disciples. Not knowing the FULL story.

Give them time.

And speaking of resurrection. Rob Bell has this brilliant inspiring video.  Check it out: