Category: 4reflecting

Time

We style it up Or dress it down; Take it seriously Or play the clown; Adjust the strap, Turn the dial; “Easy to program” – For a while …. We count them off, The minutes and hours; Pretentious masters Of infinite powers. But when our hearts stop And the ticking goes on, Our mourners will gather To sing a new…

Of this I am sure

*a reflection based on Ecclesiastes 12 and John 12:44-50* I want you to think for a moment of something you’re sure of; something you know deep down inside to be absolutely infallible, 100% certain and true. Perhaps you want to share it with your neighbour or your friend …. If you don’t, or if you hesitated for a moment, I…

It’s nothing but smoke

* contemplating in community Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 and James 1:2-11* You will need: a central altar or table, a black table cloth, a large candle (with three wicks is helpful to invoke visually the image of a Triune God), smaller tea lights (sufficient for the group), a lighter or matches, copies of the service, one per participant. Ritual actions indicated in…

With what do we measure?

A reflection based on readings from “Beyond the lectionary:” 1 Kings 3:16-28 1 Corinthians 14:6-12 John 7:19-24 With what do we measure? An easier question to answer might be “with what don’t we measure?” for, from an early age, we begin to learn the language of comparison. Our parents applaud enthusiastically when we manage to place the triangle, the circle,…

Deserted?

One of my favourite places on earth is the Namib desert. Over 50 million years old and covering over 80 000 square kilometres, this vast place seems, at first glance, to be completely inhospitable and sterile. But to those with the wisdom to fix their gaze beneath the seductive purple hues of the horizon to the shimmering, shifting sands under…

Called is at our core

For as many years as I have been involved in ministry within the Church, I have wondered: What is the essential difference between those who call themselves Christians and those who affiliate themselves with a different religion or belief system? It is a question which goes to the heart of who we are and what on earth we’re here for.…

Come. Drink. Flow.

A reflection for Pentecost. Based on John 7:37-39 There is a story* told by the rabbis of old of a great and harsh desert which people were hesitant to cross because of its scorching heat and shifting sands. In the midst of the barren and dangerous wilderness was a well so deep that you couldn’t even see down to the…

The desolation of death

*Easter Eve: John 19:38-42* Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and the tomb was nearby, they laid him there. Verses 41-42 Darkness has covered the land –…

Last lessons: Love

*Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42* And again another passage of Scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” 19:37 Saving love is costly. People humiliate us; they try to rob us of our dignity, to strip us bare; they make it their mission to alienate us, destroy us, outstrip us. Yet love forgives. Jesus prays for his…

Last lessons: Discomfort

*Tennebrae/Thursday in Holy Week: John 13:1-17,31b-35*   “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Verse 14 Oh Lord who honoured the sacred tradition of Passover, and, in your last days, planted seeds of an eternal legacy within your disciples, ~ searching hearts, ~ imparting truth , ~ reframing customs, the…