Category Archives: Problems of pain

Golden joinery

‘When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.’ Thus Barbara Bloom describes the Oriental craft of kintsugi … Continue reading

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Too Hopeless for God to Use?

The next time you feel God can’t use you, just remember –  Physical limitations are no excuse: [] Abraham was truly old [] Jeremiah and Timothy were very young [] Zacchaeus was really small [] Leah was considered to be … Continue reading

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Thank God for the gift of pain!

* We are blessed with many different kinds of pain in ‘this present evil age’ [] Physical pain: In an interview on TV a 27-year-old man admitted that he had never experienced pain. But was this a blessing? He showed … Continue reading

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‘If only we could see…’

As we were giving voice to the lyrics addressed to the Lord – If we could see how much you’re worth, Your power, your might, your endless love, Then, surely, we would never cease to praise’ I was reminded of … Continue reading

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Gravity and tears

Scripture indicates that tears are a phenomenon of earth but not of heaven. And five times Matthew tells us that weeping is a characteristic of hell – ‘In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’ (Matthew 8:12; … Continue reading

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Enjoying God

‘The happy God’ Twice in his first letter to Timothy, Paul refers to God as ‘blessed’ (1 Timothy 1:11 6:15). A former archbishop of Cyprus made this Greek adjective famous worldwide through his name, makarios’, and Jesus used it nine times … Continue reading

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Bad luck? Good luck? Only time will tell’

Here is some good advice that Paul sent to some very new Christians: ‘Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.’  (1 Thessalonians … Continue reading

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A time capsule of light and joy

As I sat among the mourners at a relative’s funeral service, feeling empathy with his widow, a verse from ‘somewhere in the Psalms’ popped into my mind. Finding it surprisingly swiftly, I was able to read it during a time … Continue reading

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