I’m sure most of us can picture a time when we were questioning something, facing decisions about something, and wanting someone to come along and give us all the answers. I’m guessing a lot of times those answers also haven’t come, at least not when we want them.
In 1624, John Donne wrote that ‘no man is an island’, perhaps following a similar train of thought to Leonardo Da Vinci, who is credited with saying ‘...learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else’.
How do you pray the Lord’s Prayer? Specifically, what are you forgiving, as you have been forgiven? Growing up in England I learned to pray ‘Forgive us our trespasses’ or ‘sins’, but in Scotland (where I studied) it was “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”.
It seems it’s either the brave new dawn, transforming our lives for the better, or the destroyer of the entire fabric of society…
We often hear this story, about the widow’s small offering, simply as an affirmation that no matter how little we may feel able to give, God still values whatever we give – in fact, in a sense, God values even more those gifts which seem so meagre to us.
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.