Come & See

The 23rd Paraphrase

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I have found a helpful devotional practice for me is to paraphrase a Biblical passage.  Here is one I wrote in 2006:

God, You are my guide

You show me the way
        You invite me to live in your sacred surroundings
        Filled with lush nature and loving souls.
You lead me to quiet places like silent retreats, Taize services,  daily meditation,
And you say, “Be still and know I am God.”

Sharing Excitement

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I enjoy cleaning my house.  I really do.  Both the process and the outcome.  Which is not to say my house is consistently immaculate.  It’s not.  I wouldn’t even say it’s occasionally immaculate.  But I do savor the days when I have a couple of uninterrupted hours to tidy the kitchen, mop the floors, put away the laundry, vacuum, dust, and maybe even organize a closet or two. 

But cleaning bathrooms?  That’s a task that still feels like a chore.  Especially when it comes to scrubbing toilets.  Yech.  At least that was my attitude until recently… 

The Grace Virus

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It was great to gather at Harrison High School on October 15th for one service.  We were able to celebrate together how St Andrew has received the Grace Virus and has spread it well.  There is bright tomorrow for the 'good infection' we have been tasked with spreading. Here are some of the notes from that message:

"And now, what does it all matter? It matters more than anything else in the world. The whole dance, or drama, or pattern of this three-Personal life is to be played out in each one of us: or (putting it the other way round) each one of us has got to enter that pattern, take his place in that dance. There is no other way to the happiness for which we were made. Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection, if you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone. They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very centre of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry. Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever? Once a man is separated from God, what can he do but wither and die? 

Re-Membering Christ With Us

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This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ and live faith out together.  Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by.  Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from twenty-eight years ago  in the Lenten Devotional of 1989 - March 19th to be precise.

Several years ago, my brother-in-law purchased a new car, a Buick Opel station wagon.  He took extraordinary care of the car, keeping it clean and immaculate.  He often remarked that rust was the big enemy of automotive value.

Comfort-able and Dis-Comfort

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I enjoy comfort.  If the choice before me was to sit alone in a room on a board or in a La Z Boy to watch a movie, I would not see the point in offering the options.  I would be feet up, laid back before I ever saw the board (and with an obligatory bowl of popcorn to boot).  When possible I am sans tie and in shorts.  Sitting around the house I find myself laying on the floor or kicking my feet up no matter where I am 'just to get comfortable.'