Next month, a new term will begin. Whether you are just beginning your university journey or are returning for another leg, the emotions surrounding a new year are often those of excitement and apprehension.
“And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these”
We often talk of God’s calling, or purpose, for our life - where or how we think God wants us to serve. Some people have a clear picture of this, whether it is within career, church roles, family, community, or any other way.
"For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength" (Is. 30:15). "In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed." (Mark 1:35)
What image springs to mind when you think about Psalm 23? I must admit, I see wonderful meadows, with mature trees, lush grass and a gentle stream running through it.
Sometimes, change seems impossible. We might feel small and powerless in the face of world events, difficulties in relationships may seem unsolvable, perhaps we experience challenges in our faith.
What is Paul treasuring? It’s often said that he is denigrating whatever isn’t overtly Christian. But is he? He explains that, as a Pharisee, he had good reason ‘to be confident in the flesh’; that is, to feel that his human effort was putting him right with God.