At one’s first entrance into the school of waiting on God, his heart is chiefly set on the blessing which he waits for. God graciously used our need and desire for help to educate us for something higher than we were thinking of. We were seeking gifts; He, the giver, longs to give Himself and to satisfy the soul with His goodness. It is just for this reason that He frequently withholds the gifts and that the time of waiting is made so long. He is all the time seeking to win the heart of His child for Himself. He hopes that not only when He gives the gift will we say, “how good is God!” but that long before it comes, and even if it never comes, we will always be experiencing: it is good that a man should quietly wait. The Lord is good to them that wait on Him.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Martin Luther King Jnr.
With all the reports in the news lately of genocide in Iraq, racial hostility in Ferguson and the conflict in Gaza, seeing this street art as I walked the streets of Newtown was a great reminder of our need as a nation and as citizens of this world to strive for equality. As humans we are made in the image of God, given the gift of life. No one has the right to take life from another.
Over two thousand Christians (who have been chased from their homes and threatened with death if they return) are now sleeping on church floors in Baghdad. Yet they continue to love Jesus…In the midst of their darkness and fear, Jesus is their joy. When you lose everything, you realise Jesus is all you have.
She had a very thin face like the dial of a small clock seen faintly in a dark room in the middle of the night, when you waken to see the time and see the clock telling you the minute and the second, with a white silence and a glowing, all certain to and knowing what it has to tell of the night passing swiftly on toward further darknesses, but moving also toward a new sun.
We can meet others only through the mediation of Christ. Human love constructs it’s own image of the other person, of what they are and what they should become. It takes the life of the other person into it’s own hands. Spiritual love recognises the true image of the other person which they have received from Christ; the image that Christ Himself embodied and would stamp upon all people.
You were like a religious fanatic
Without a god - unable to pray.
You wanted to be a writer.
Wanted to write? What was it within you
Had to tell it’s tale?
The story that has to be told
Is the writer’s God, who calls
Out of sleep, inaudibly: ‘Write.’
— excerpt from ‘The God’ by Ted Hughes in ‘Birthday Letters’