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Day 13 - Issue 27

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT 'That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.' What practical responses...


Day 12 - Issue 27

2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT 'That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.' Stress is so prevalent in the workplace that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have recommended resilience training for Britain’s workforce. Work issues, including working outside normal hours, as well as a poor work/life balance is the second highest cause of stress after health issues. In 2016...


Day 11 - Issue 27

1 Peter 5:7 NLT 'Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.' Stress is primarily a physical response to external threats. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action. This can be a clear physical threat, like a growling dog, or a psychological threat, like preparing a big business...


Day 10 - Issue 27

Genesis 16:1-2 NLT Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” Over the years, I’ve taken tests seeking to both understand more of myself and find my best fit in a working team. One is the Belbin tool that reveals I’m a ‘resource investigator’, someone who finds what’s needed to...


Day 9 - Issue 27

Exodus 17:12 NLT 'Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset.' A wonderful thing that occurred last year has been rediscovering friends from years ago. One reconnection has led to a number of rich and rewarding relationships becoming established once more. It’s a reminder that none of us can successfully journey with...


Day 8 - Issue 27

Numbers 11:12 NLT 'Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors?' I have discovered late in life how much I love to garden. St Cuthbert’s Oratory has, to my mind, a large garden. Originally laid to lawn, together Jayne and I have worked to create colour throughout the year, a celebration of life. Earlier this year on a hot bank...


Day 7 - Issue 27

Romans 10:17 NLT 'So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.' Faith is a journey of discovery which began formally for me aged 19, when I became a Christian. On reflection I can discern many seeds sown before that time; I had an intrinsic interest in mystery, life’s meaning and an inner compulsion to explore who I was. So when I heard an invitation to explore the Christian way, I accepted and began a journey. Initially this was ‘me’ centred as I tried to...


Day 6 - Issue 27

Hebrews 11:1 NLT 'Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.' I find faith fascinating and confusing in equal measure. It seems to be within reach and yet in practice demands that I stretch beyond what I know into what, or more precisely who, I believe in. Faith is the measure of my confidence in what or who I claim to hold as Truth. Who wouldn’t live by those self-evident truths they’ve chosen? For many years I know that my measure of faith...


Day 5 - Issue 27

Romans 12:4-5 NLT 'Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.' The older I grow, the more I realise just how many body parts I have. Mostly unseen muscles and tendons discovered after gardening. Yet, these all work together to enable me live a full life, pursuing hobbies and performing essential daily tasks. Paul’s metaphor for the Church is this same human body, God’s...


Day 4 - Issue 27

Psalm 23:1 NLT The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.' It is challenging to live confident in God alone. I struggle to quieten those many internal voices with their continuous commentary upon my life. I sometimes wake early with worries filling my mind, worries I can do little with. I’m robbed of my sense of peace and contentment. Here the psalmist sets it out clearly. I belong to God and therefore I have the power to live content. I, of course, need to choose to do so. Looking...


Day 3 - Issue 27

Luke 15:6-7 NLT 'When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbours, saying, “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.” In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!' I’m uncertain if it’s to do with age, but when young I wanted to be part of ‘the crowd’. Here a lively church context suited me. We worshiped, studied and spent a lot of social...


Day 2 - Issue 27

Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT He drives out the enemy before you; he cries out, “Destroy them!” Refuge provides a place of temporary safety at the very least. One reason Jesus tells us that each day has sufficient troubles of its own (Matthew 6:34) is so that we look to the moment and not the unrealised moments of our future. It’s all very well seeking to make provision for tomorrow, yet none of us knows what tomorrow might bring. So the enemy is whatever is present to us and from which we need a...


Day 1 - Issue 27

Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT 'The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.' If God is my refuge, surely it’s a guarantee that my life comes with a ‘no difficulties’ guarantee? Experience tells a different story! Refuge offers a form of safety or shelter, temporary rather than permanent, offering relief from the challenge I confront. During the Balkans conflict, I was in Bosnia. I observed a remarkable Christian community protecting people from different ethnic groups...


Day 54 - Issue 26

Amos 9:6 NLT 'The Lord’s home reaches up to the heavens, while its foundation is on the earth. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The Lord is his name!' When people visit us here in St Cuthbert’s Oratory, each one is engaged in their own essential search, one that unites us all, of pursuing God. God made us for friendship and so there are aspects of the infinite with which we can connect. Many find such touch points in nature, where the veil between...


Day 53 - Issue 26

Psalm 121:1-2 NLT 'I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!' When I hit trouble and life becomes uncomfortable, I instinctively look for a means of escape. I hate waking and immediately experiencing the weight of despondency reminding me things are unravelling in my life. I am not in control of my emotions and my last point of reference is God. I try many alternatives, from venting to retreating from life, and this...


Day 52 - Issue 26

Psalm 33:6 NLT 'The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.' There is a huge power in speaking. The psalmist recalls the way God spoke a series of short sentences and brought creation from nothing into shape. The word ‘power’ simply means to be able to do something. And while I may not speak a new puppy into existence to accompany my ageing chihuahua, I do have the power to speak to Jayne in a persuasive manner for some future...


Day 51 - Issue 26

Psalm 139:13-14 NLT 'You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.' I am in awe of the scale, beauty and power revealed throughout creation. Yet, my greatest awe is as I consider the wonder that is me and that is you. God created us with all our complexity, something that is still so much of a mystery to science. No matter who we are, the...


Day 50 - Issue 26

Mark 2:27 NLT Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” I wonder if the concept of one complete day of rest and recuperation is unattainable in our 24/7 consumerist society. I remember with affection my childhood when shops closed at lunchtime on Saturday, reopening on Monday morning. With most shops open seven days a week, fuelled by marketing and advertising agencies who entice us to shop as a...


Day 49 - Issue 26

Mark 2:27 NLT Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” The first principle in finding rest for our lives is to take back control of our time. Here I mean the time left after what I contribute to my employer or my business, and the hours when I nourish my whole being through sleep. The most important thing here is honesty. It may well be that we have little choice over our employment, yet we do have...


Day 48 - Issue 26

Exodus 20:9-10 NLT “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.” There are 168 hours in every week. A friend of ours recently celebrated their 60th birthday; we calculated and then communicated that they had lived a total of...