August 30, 2006

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click here daily to donate food to our needy world.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 10:12 AM

August 25, 2006

Samson

I have just fininshed reading about Samson through the lectionary readings.
And i need to confess, i am not very fond of him.

He seems like a spoiled brat early in his story,
“get me that wife. i want that wife”

and then the story of the end of his life is
all about him.

yes he calls on God for strength
but its for strength so HE can achieve revenge.
he seems to go through his life benefitting from the strength God has bestowed on him without necessarily knowing how best to use it.

he is not my favourite bible character.

may i use the girft/talents/skills God has given me
with wisdom, kindness and generosity.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 05:14 PM

August 24, 2006

A forgiving and good God?

I am reading
Seven Days to the Sea
and am struck again
(as i am when i books set in the context of pre-Christian times)
of the difficult, the pagan
world of the First Testament.

In that context David prayed,
You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to you.

(Psalm 86:5)

What a different God the God of David,
of Moses,
of Abraham and Sarah, was.
A good God. A kind and forgiving God.

And how brave, how faith-filled,
the people of God must have been
to have trusted this One God
when the force of all the other known gods
was so evident in the seasons, in the clouds, their fertility, their everyday life.

And it makes the First Testament make more sense
if we consider that context of struggle and rules and fear.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 11:22 AM

August 23, 2006

Tax incentives for hybrid buyers

I like that idea!

See here

Perhaps it will happen in NZ before we need to buy another new car (i am planning on 2016 for that!)

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 12:40 PM

August 22, 2006

Snow…

.. just a little

Gorgeous coating on the hills
and the smile-making surprise
of enountering snow-clad cars
on the drive to school.

The fire is warm.
The sun is out.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 10:09 AM

August 20, 2006

Nervous (more nervous)

A reflection from a while back (when i was without laptop)

Nervous
(more nervous)
is what you suddenly become when
(mid-sermon)
you join some newcomers at church
to discuss the questions you’ve just set the congregation talking about…

Nervous?
Yes, when, having discussed together
you ask, in friendly manner,
“have you been here before”
and they reply
“yes. once before. we are in steve’s postmodern preaching class”.

Hmmm
Nervous!
more nervous
Suddenly.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 08:00 PM

August 17, 2006

Is this unrelated?

Changing at the swimming pool yesterday
I listened as a flock of teenage girls got changed into togs behind me.
then watched them look as they filed past the (large) mirror.

I wondered what they saw.
I hope they saw beauty.

Later, I wished I could have called to each one
(or maybe been a voice in their heads):
“gorgeous”, “lovely”, “beautiful”

because they all were.
we all are.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 09:26 AM

Generational sin?

Espresso Tuesday night batted around the question of generational sin/curse.

My (random?) thoughts…

Jesus’ death dealt with the OT “cursed from generation to generation” sort of stuff.

But…
we spent along time talking about teachers who had said dumb things to people that effected them.
and the potential for allowing words spoken to limit people.

The “fact” that Jesus brings freedom doesn’t necessarily tie in with the “reality” of our emotions.

And we dwelt on the scary thought that we remember isolated instances of hurt from our childhoods that effect us. That may be misunderstood/out of context/even inaccurate and yet they can still shape us hugely.

So what does this mean practically?
Speak words of blessing into the lives of people you care about (hey … and those you don’t!).
Be generous with words and praise.
Apologise liberally.
Laugh lots.
Be a blessing.
Engage in random acts of kindness.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 09:20 AM

August 16, 2006

Liturgy site

Bosco Peters has a liturgy site up and running, which, among other things includes prayers for the day.

This prayer for this week:

Merciful God,
you gave your only Son
to be both a sacrifice for sin
and an example of godly life;
help us gladly to receive
all that he has done for us
and follow in his footsteps;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour
who is alive with with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen

Sometimes people seem to emphasis EITHER the sacrifice OR the example.

I am ever keen to live as if i believe in, as if my life is shaped by, both the sacrifice and the example.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 01:48 PM

Reunited

It has been a ridiculous length of time, but i finally have my laptop back and up and running properly.

If anyone still looks at this in a hopeful sort of way, thanks!

I am back!

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 12:46 PM