SUMMER!

‘Sumer is icumen in’ – so the thirteenth century song goes.

Summer is the season of harvest – grains, vegetables,

gloriously juicy stone fruits ….yum!

Jesus talks a lot about fruit as a result of a life dedicated

to living out God’s love.

The way God’s love is so fruitful is by our showing love,

joy, peace, not giving up, being kind, being good, having

faith, being gentle and being the boss over our own

desires to one another every day.  See Galatians 5.

A harvest indeed!

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Spring!

Spring is God's Miracle!

New life appears!

Let us celebrate the miracle of Spring when trees and plants awaken from their Winter sleep and sprout new tender shoots and blossoms in riotous colour.

Can we look with the heart at this wonder and hear the Divine Artist speak to us at depth?

Do we understand that Springtime is a spiritual metaphor of new life out of death?

Just as Jesus rose from the dead and was given new life by his Father, we too can have this amazing hope – and Spring is here to tell us!

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Eagle

“I will bear thee on eagle’s wings”

STORMY TIMES

Probably the most talked about topic is – the weather, especially with all the recent reports of floods, heat-waves and gales.  But did you realise that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it hits?

The eagle flies to a high spot and waits for the winds to arrive. When the storm breaks, this amazing bird sets its wings so the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm.

While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it!  This bird doesn’t escape the storm but instead uses the fierce activity to lift it higher.

We all experience the storms of life – whether they be sickness, tragedy, broken relationships… but we don’t have to be blown away by them. We can ask God to empower us to rise above the rough times.  However, it’s not always the storm that knocks us about but how we deal with it.  We do have choices.

Isaiah understood: “Those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.”  (40:31)