Monday, 27 July 2015

The role of July will be played by April

Everything changes they say.
The only certainty in life is that nothing stays the same.

In recent weeks our family has changed
Location
Home
Work
School
Ministry

Stress levels are surprisingly low.
But we are tired.
Our brains are fried from information overload.
And in the thrill of meeting new people
We shed the occasional, silent tear for those we miss.

We are going to a funeral today.
Saying farewell to a lady who loved life.
She had a beautiful smile
An infectious giggle.
And a rather naughty sense of humour at times.
(I love that in a person.)

Life will never be the same for those who loved her.
A guilty relief at less responsibility,
which gives more time,
feels bittersweet when we lose those we love.

We long to see their smile...
Hear their voice...
Feel their touch...

Just one more time.

So I'm praying for those who mourn today.
My arms are ready to embrace
with a hug that says a thousand words when words fail.

But I'm praying for the arms of the changeless one
to hold all who need Him.
Especially today.

May we know His presence
His power
His peace
In the ever-changing scenes of life.

Moment by moment He's got this.
He's got us.
He's gone before.

Trust Him.


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

On finding a fortress

I walked up Reigate Hill last week.
Nothing unusual there.
But since Daisy joined our family I've been exploring.
Taking different paths.
Places she can run.

Last week I stopped at Reigate Fort.
It was used during the wars.
Now it's a great place for children to play.
Some of the old buildings are still there.
And there's a big grassy area that's perfect for dogs to run.

The sign said that it was a place where the troops would stop for a while.
Just long enough for them to replenish their supplies.
Weapons
Clothing
Food.
A place for restoration
Albeit brief.

These days are days of change for many.
So much to do and so little time.
But I'm reminded that Father God is our fortress.
Our refuge
Our place of safety.

Wherever we are
Wherever we go
He provides a place on our road.
Our fortress.
A place to breathe.

Take a moment now to fill your lungs with life-giving oxygen.
He is here.
He provides.
He loves.

"I pray you'll be our eyes
And watch us where we go.
And help us to be wise
In times when we don't know.
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way...
Lead us to the place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe."

(The Prayer)