Category: 4journeying

Day Ten: No Leftovers

Psalm 27 Isaiah 4:2-6 Acts 11:1-18 One of the constant complaints in a household containing two teenage boys (the very ones who are responsible for the problem, I might add) is that there are no leftovers for their Nana’s magical smoosh-up lunches which generally consist of the remnants of Sunday’s roast with Monday’s mash potato and Tuesday’s green beans etc.…

Day Nine: Expand Your Borders

Psalm 27 Isaiah 26:7-15 Acts 2:37-42 I love the opening verse to Psalm 27 from The Message: “Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.” Light, space, zest … … that’s what life with God is all about. Would you use those three words to describe your sense of…

Day Eight: Open Up The Way

Psalm 85:1-2,8-13 Isaiah 40:1-11 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 During the first week of Advent, our call to watch and wait for the coming of Christ found expression in our lament for God to turn us again: ~ from the busyness that dulls our aching need for a Saviour, ~ from the pain of the world that makes us wonder…

Day Seven: Under Whose Authority?

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Ezekiel 36:24-28; Mark 11:27-33 The Gospel reading for this day confronts us with a question that Jesus actually refused to answer, “By what authority are you doing these things? … And who gave you the authority to do this?” Mark 11:28. The question comes after two significant events that threaten the power dynamics and social hierarchy in…

Day Six: Construction Work

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Acts 11:19-26 The Psalms are soul music: the voice of personal prayer and praise, of anguish and hope, put together over a period of about six hundred years so that God’s people might always remember God’s mighty acts in rescuing them from their defeat and desecration and helping them to rebuild. What is some of…

Day Five: A Love That Lasts

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Hosea 6:1-6 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 What do Doris Day, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, and Celine Dion have in common? A little song that I’m sure you know …. When I fall in love it will be forever Or I’ll never fall in love. In a restless world like this is Love is ended before it’s…

Day Four: Stand Tall

Psalm 79 Micah 5:1-5a Luke 21:34-38 The story of Israel is a pedestrian one – in quite a literal sense! From Abraham, who left his family and inheritance behind him in obedience to God’s command, to Moses who led a nation of slaves through the wilderness towards a land of milk and honey, to the regular pilgrimages to the temple…

Day Three: for the mighty will fall

Psalm 79 Micah 4:6-13 Revelation 18:1-10 “It’s so difficult, isn’t it? To see what’s going on when you’re in the absolute middle of something? It’s only with hindsight we can see things for what they are.”                            S.J. Watson The prophet Micah speaks of the agony and the…

Day Two: Where Is Our God?

Psalm 79 Micah 4:1-5 Revelation 15:1-8 A retired accountant opens fire on a crowd of festival-goers from his hotel room in Las Vegas – over 50 dead and 500 taken to hospital emergency rooms for treatment …. Buildings collapse in Mexico as the earth shakes. Thousands of homes are destroyed and over 360 people are pulverised and smothered by the…

Day 1: Turn us again

Psalm 80:1-8, 18-20 Isaiah 64:1-9 Mark 13:24-37 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 One of my favourite memories of my children’s Montessori preschool remains their particular way of celebrating birthdays. Once a year, each child had the opportunity to sit in the centre of a circle of their peers while their teacher ambled around them, spinning a large globe in her hand. All…