Keeping the faith

After narrowly escaping the anger of the people of Nazareth, Jesus said, ”A prophet is not without honour except in his own town.” Others before and since who have proclaimed God’s word have experienced this anger. Jeremiah felt cut off from the land of the living, when his people wanted to destroy him and erase [...]

Pilgrims’ Harvest

Recently, I was talking to an American who was going back to the States for Thanksgiving. It was then I realised that the we know very little of this holiday’s origin on this side of the ‘pond’. Indeed, the founders of the United States have much to teach us in this time of our harvest. [...]

Word of Love

Words of Love   The power of the preacher came to the world’s attention a few months ago when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in St George’s Chapel. The Most Reverend Michael Curry from the Episcopal Church of North America ‘preached up a storm’ and many were amazed at his charismatic style and [...]

Unexpected Crocuses

    Crocuses appeared in my garden at the end of August. Yup, you read right: crocuses. In August. Almost as wonderfully unexpected as crocuses in the desert. What has caught your eye recently as something unexpected? Something out of place? A reminder that the amazing and extraordinary is often lurking right around the corner? [...]

Fruit takes time to ripen

This is a great meditation….

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All good things take time. I find this to be a rule of life. Morning Tea needs a little time to brew, cakes need time to bake in the oven, Bread needs time for yeast to work .. unless of course you prefer your bread ‘flat’ … seed sown takes time … before the flowers appear or harvests are gathered in.

So it is with the fruit of the Spirit, it takes time, it takes patience. Christians, like babies and little children need time, to just sit and let the Lord’s good showers of blessing and the warmth of His presence do their work; and to allow our Heavenly Gardener to do His Work and take away the things that hinder growth.

Not very nice, at first, those little snips hurt our pride, but here’s how the writer of Hebrews puts it:

“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for…

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