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Friday, February 17, 2006

Please Pray

This is gonna b a quick post, while I'm sitting up straight, so I hope it makes sense.

A lot of you may know that I'm leading worship for the first time ever back home on Sunday morning, but I'm kinda quite ill today. I don't believe that the timing is a coincidence

Please pray for my health to return, so that I can get on with what I feel God has called me to do.


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day

Well, here we are, Valentine's Day - again. On the plus side, it's less than a month 'til my birthday, but it's still Valentine's Day. Hands up who doesn't like Valentine's Day...*puts hand up*. Ok, I think I've made my point now.

What is it I don't like about Valentine's Day I hear you ask. It's partly the cost of everything, and the fact that businesses exploit Valentine's Day, trying to make as much money as they can. It's partly my immense dislike of cards. I don't buy cards for people; it strikes me as a waste of money. I just get them a bigger present instead, which to me makes sense. It also has something to do with the fact that I don't trust February. It keeps changing how many days it has to try and catch me out, and it often succeeds. However, the main reason for my dislike of Valentine's Day is that I'm single - again.

Now, I don't mind being single, and I love the freedom, but on Valentine's Day, it can invariably suck. A lot. Especially when those around you are in the most wonderful relationships of their lives, and subconsciously rub it in your face. I anticipate receiving as many cards as I have sent this year - none, and I shall hide out, looking forward to February 15th, the most liberating day of the year.

However none of this matters as I'm also in the most wonderful relationship of my life, with a loving God who's in it for the long haul. Here are some of the Valentine's messages that I've received this year:

"And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age" [Matthew 28:20]

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." [John 3:16]

"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us." [Romans 5:5]

Not only does God love me more than any Valentine ever could, but He also gave me a much better present. He sent His son Jesus to die on a cross in my place, so that I might have eternal life. You just don't get a better present than that. To be honest, being single means that I have more time for God, and I know that He'll put me in a relationship on earth when the time is right.

Valentine's Day is OK I guess, it's just that God doesn't need a specific day in the year to show me how much He loves me.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Spare a thought...

Well, this is my 1st post, so I've been racking my brains to think of something to say that's worth reading, as we all know that the content of my posts will go downhill from this point. So here goes...

On Friday morning when I was thinking about creating a blog as an alternative to finishing off my coursework, I was looking out of my window. Looking past the bike sheds, and the wheely bins, I looked up at a beautiful blue sky, and saw the sun being reflected off the side of the library. It reminded me of something that I'd heard in church once...

"How must it feel to not know who to thank for this beautiful day?"

Somehow I reckon that must take some of the joy out of the day. Whereas I see the proof of a loving God, and thank him that I only need to wear one jumper this morning, others just wonder how the weather forecast managed to be so wrong - again.

After the recent Richard Dawkins programmes on Channel 4, 'The Root Of All Evil', there was a lot of criticism in the press, from Christians and non-Christians alike. Rather a scathing comment in 'The Independent' written by Howard Jacobson was this:
"Nothing returns one quicker to God than the sight of a scientist with no imagination, no vocabulary, no sympathy, no comprehension of metaphor, and no wit, looking soulless and forlorn amid the wonders of nature." [The Independent, 21st January 2006]

It was from that point onwards that I started feeling really sorry for this man who has so completely missed the point of life. I can't think that there can be much satisfaction in believing that you're some kind of fluke, an accident of cosmic parking, rather than realising the truth that each and every one of us has been lovingly created in the image of God.

"God saw all that He had made, and it was very good." [Genesis 1:31] The world's greatest understatement I think, but I shall try harder to spare a thought for those who don't know who to thank.