spring has sprung

28 August, 2007

Even though Spring doesn’t officially start until Saturday, we’ve had some absolutely beautiful spring days this week. I love spring. It’s definitely my favourite season. I can go out and sit in the sun without fear of burning and apart from the obvious benefits of sunlight, people seem a lot happier. Yesterday I had several random conversations with people, smiling, laughing, joking, it was great! It seems like the sun coming out has chases away the winter doldrums. Yes!

This past weekend was pretty fantastic too. 39 turned out to be not so bad at all. I had a great day at work on Friday, starting with a BBQ brekkie with everyone, then cake for morning tea and some fairly out there singing of ‘Happy Birthday’! Then out for dinner with some friends to my favourite Thai Restaurant – gotta love Thai! Followed up with Saturday morning Brekkie with friends. Lovely.

Saturday night we celebrated my parents 40th Wedding Anniversary. it was a fun night with lots of old friends and much laughter – doesn’t get much better than that.So Happy Anniversary Mum & Dad! Much love and many blessings upon your respective heads.

Mum & Dad

And happy spring!!!!


partnership

19 August, 2007

Each individual will make a matchless discovery. He will be able to cease from constantly scrutinizing the other person, judging him, condemning him, putting him in his particular place where he can gain ascendancy over him and thus doing violence to him as a person. Now he can allow the brother to exist as a completely free person, as God made him to be. His view expands and, to his amazement, for the first time he sees, shining within his brethren, the richness of God’s creative glory. God did not make this person as I would have made him. He did not give him to me as a brother for me to dominate and control, but in order that I might find within him the Creator. Now the other person, in the freedom with which he was created, becomes the occasion of joy, whereas before he was only a nuisance and an affliction.

God does not will that I should fashion the other person according to the image that seems good to me, that is, in my own image; rather in his very freedom from me God made this person in His image. I can never know beforehand how God’s image should appear in others. That image always manifests a completely new and unique form that comes solely form God’s free and sovereign creation. To me the sight may seem strange, even ungodly. But God creates every man in the likeness of His Son, the Crucified. After all, even that image certainly looked strange and ungodly to me before I grasped it.

Strong and weak, wise and foolish, gifted or ungifted, pious or impious, the diverse individuals in the community are no longer incentives for talking and judging and condemning, and thus excuses for self-justification. They are rather cause for rejoicing in one another and serving one another.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Life Together


unfinished business

16 August, 2007

Oh my goodness!  I just realised that ’39’ is just over a week away.  How on earth did THATcome around so quickly!? 

I’m seriously no where near done with 38 yet!!  In fact, I don’t think I was anywhere near done with 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 29, 28, or for that matter, 27!

26 on the other hand was well done.  Done well, finished, even perhaps a tad overdone.

So, in light of the aforementioned unfinishedness, I hereby declare that 39 is postponed.

Indefinately.


the shack

2 August, 2007

I just finished reading “The Shack” by William P. Young, and it’s not an overstatement to say that it’s quite possibly the best book I’ve ever read (outside of the Bible).

 

I’m completely overwhelmed by what I’ve read.

 

The song “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” is playing relentlessly and with great joy in my mind. It’s not in the book, it’s just all I can think of at the moment through the tears of love and gratitude.

 

 

 

I really didn’t think I’d like it. The opening story isn’t one that you get to mess about with. It’s awful. It hurt to read it. Having said that though, it was so worth reading on. I don’t want to give anything away, so I wont go into any details, but I will say, that this book really is amazing.

 

 

 

If you’d like to check it out, you can get it at… http://www.theshackbook.com or click the link below.

 

 

 

The shack