Friday, 21 October 2016

The chase is wild

King David finds himself in a spot of trouble and he knows that the only one who can save him is God. So, in his distress, he pins his ears back and he runs to the Father. God will be his place of safety - his refuge - his haven.

"God! God! I am running to you for dear life;
    the chase is wild.
If they catch me, I’m finished:" - Psalm 7:1 (Message)

When we are feeling a little deflated and lost or when we feel as if our enemies are out to get us, where do we turn? Do we run to God for dear life, experiencing the wild chase or do we give up?

May you run into the safe arms of Jesus today.

Living in Grace

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Catherine of Siena

Catherine of Siena is known as one of the mystics who shaped Christianity in the 14th century. She was deeply marked by the love of Christ and so this theme of 'LOVE' comes up many times in her writings. It got me thinking about how ours have been shaped by God's grace and mercy - do we show signs of being changed by God's love?

Here are a few of her thoughts on LOVE:

"You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love." Dialogue 165

"Love transforms one into what one loves." Dialogue 60

"One who knows more, loves more." Dialogue 66

"We trust and believe in what we love."  Dialogue 8

"There will be love in proportion to faith and faith in proportion to love."  Letter T344

May you be marked by the love of Jesus today.

Living in Grace

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Don't be so afraid to make a mistake that you end up doing nothing. Fear can prevent us from living the abundant life. Can you imagine if Peter, James and John (and the other early disciples) were so afraid of making mistakes that they never ventured out of the Upper Room. The world would never have got to hear of the Gospel of Jesus.

"The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake." - Meister Eckhart

Don't be afraid to try, especially if it could bring glory to Jesus.

Living in Grace

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The "Thank You" prayer

Meister Eckhart once remarked:
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."

We don't thank God enough for all that he has done for us and for the blessings we have been given. Instead of praying a complicated prayer today, why don't you just allow these 2 words to be your prayer for the day.

Thank you Jesus.

1 Chronicles 16:34 - "Give thanks to God—he is good and his love never quits. Say, “Save us, Savior God, round us up and get us out of these godless places, So we can give thanks to your holy Name, and bask in your life of praise.”(MSG)

Living in Grace

Monday, 17 October 2016

All around us

Lancelot Andrews was a bishop in the Church of England in the 16th Century. He served as royal chaplain to Queen Elizabeth I and later to Kings James I and Charles I. Amongst his many achievements and writings is this lovely prayer. It speaks to me of the fact that Jesus is with us always. May these words speak to you today.

Be Thou within me, to strengthen me;
Without me, to keep me;
Above me, to protect me;
Beneath me, to uphold me;
Before me, to direct me;
Behind me, to keep me from straying;
Round about me, to defend me.
Blessed be Thou, O Lord, our Father,
for ever and ever.

May the Spirit of Jesus enfold you with this love and grace today.

Living in Grace

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Interesting take on prayer

Frederich Buechner once remarked that we should "go where our best prayers take us."
I am not sure how I feel about this quote to be honest.
Is it simply a statement of faith believing that we should step out into the unknown, believing that God will answer our 'best' prayers?
Or is it inviting us to move into situations that are the "best" for us?

My worry is this: what does it imply about suffering? What if my best prayers ask for me to avoid all kinds of trial and diffulties, but I end up experiencing some tough times? Will I then think that God has not heard my prayers? I just don't know!

What are your thoughts on his quote?
Let me know.

Living in Grace

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Did I?

I really enjoy the writings of Henri Nouwen. In one of his works he speaks about asking 'real Questions.' As I reflect on these thoughts I believe these are great questions to ask ourselves at the end of every day - if you like, they can help us reflect on the success/failures of the day. This is how it goes:

Did I offer peace today? 
Did I bring a smile to someone's face? 
Did I say words of healing? 
Did I let go of my anger and resentment? 
Did I forgive? 
Did I love? 
These are the real questions. 
I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, 
here in this world and the life to come.

May you find these words helpful in your own faith experience.

Luke 1:79 (MSG) Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace.

Living in Grace
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