Thursday, 30 December 2010

A new year and a new life?

There's something cleansing about a new year, a chance to say goodbye to the old and look forward to the new and all of the exciting possibilities. All those promises and resolutions, to do more of somethings and less of the other stuff. We then get ready for the disappointments that follow and an acceptance of our 'lot' because why would things change for us? Yet for some people there is an almost anticipation of what could happen next year, a sense of  "there must be more than this" (Consuming Fire Tim Hughes). Yet it's difficult to let go of the old and our old ways that we know bring out the worst in us. If only there is a way?

So we stand in a circle with our arms crossed, holding on to the people next to us like everything depends on it. In anticipation of what will happen as we listen to the sounds of "Big Ben" and the song of Auld Lang Syne. These words are sung all over the world as a nostalgic reminiscence and a toast of past relationships and memories (to find out more just use the googlator). After more toasting, plenty of hugs and kisses; comes the enthusiasm and hunger to create this new life for ourselves. Then in the cold light of the following day something within prevents us from making those changes. Creates doubt in our mind and tells us we are not worth it, because who could love us that much. Leaving a thirst for something more in our life. If only there is a way?

John 6:35 (CEV) Jesus replied: I am the bread that gives life! No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry. No one who has faith in Me will ever be thirsty.
Enjoy this special time with your friends & family and as you look at the next year, remember there is another way.

All the best


Monday, 20 December 2010

Beyond the tinsel

Let me just say that as this post is being written, I am looking at my Christmas tree with perfectly aligned tinsel equidistant from each bauble and bulb; which in turn has been strategically placed to extenuate each individual branch. The last bit is nonsense, but  we spend days preparing for our events at Christmas and sadly when we ask friends, "What was your Christmas like?" We tend to hear, "It was OK." And I suppose that is acceptable, especially when we think about all the pressures and stresses that the very preparations can create, not taking into account the day itself, when "The Rels" arrive!

I say, enjoy putting up the Christmas tree or pulling crackers, by the way who thought Christmas needed spicing up by giving away over lunch, nail clippers and packs of playing cards too small to see. Let's not even forget Slade's Merry Christmas Everyone! Enjoy the day even though Aunty Shirley thinks we are still six years old, or Uncle Arthur insists on doing the conga after a few merryments (is that a word). Even spare a thought for our nearest and dearest who has prepared for the day so that we can exercise our so called right to "relax". Please don't lose sight of the precious relationships we have with each other. Just for one moment, look beyond the tinsel and as we are celebrating this time over a meal please remember who this Christ Celebration (Christ mas) is about, Jesus and our relationship with Him.

Have a Happy Christmas.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

We need You

Lord we need You,
A void in our very soul,
We pine for You,
And You took care of everything,
We turned our back and You welcomed us with open arms- but we keep turning our back,
Yet some will never know,
We reach out,
Lord we need You.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

What we need now is a relationship?

Watching a "Why Jesus?" video produced by ALPHA, I experienced one of those aha moments. I have always known this but not really understood- we need relationships and how great do friends, family, husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend make you feel, well most of the time. But have you ever found that's not always enough? It is suggested that puppies should not be separated from their Mother until they are at least 8 weeks old. One reason is that they can experience separation anxiety or pine for their mother. 

Pin-ing is an interesting word and I don't mean of the evergreen variety. Have you ever been separated from someone for a length of time that you experience this longing for them? Children can feel this way when they are separated from their nearest and dearest and that's how I would describe pin-ing. If you have recently left a relationship you may be experiencing this kind of emotion at the moment. 

There's another kind of pin-ing, a missing relationship with God our creator. I know that's what was missing in my life and now like that Casting Crown Song says, "Somewhere in the Middle", that's where I am now. 2 Cor 5:18 God sent His only Son “who reconciled us to Himself through Christ”. To reestablish a close relationship with God. Jesus our Lord died on the cross so that our Sins would not be counted against us (2 Cor 5:19), which prevents us from having a relationship with God.

Now to have that kind of relationship, imagine where we would be? I sit in awe at that thought, of what Jesus did for us at the cross, so that we can have a relationship with God. 

Do you pine for a relationship with God?