Category: Lent

These timeless words speak comfortingly in times of stress. Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my…

It is hard to grasp the idea of God’s humility. Philippians 2:6-10 “Who, being in very nature God,    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing    by taking the very nature of a servant,    being made in human likeness.And being found in appearance as a man,    he humbled himself    by becoming obedient to…

Reading this is a reminder of how God does not abandon us in our weakness. God’s Grace saves us. 1 Peter 5:5-10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” Bells are used as…

Reflecting on the words of Psalm 139 evokes a feeling of being loved and cared for: “You have searched me, Lord,    and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;    you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;    you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue    you, Lord, know it…

A Prayer for the Ephesians – Ephesians 3:14-21 This prayer is beautiful:  “For this reason I kneel before the Father,  from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith….

This psalm is peaceful to reflect on: ‘God is our refuge and strength,    an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c] There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,    the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is…

A quote from Johannes Brahms: ‘Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind’s eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration.’ Listen to a sentimental well-known tune by Brahms, Wiegenlied (Cradle Song). 2 Timothy 3:15-17:‘You have been taught…

One of the fundamental foods of both the Arab and the Jewish culture is bread: a tradition that combines historical elements and spirituality. Here’s an informative short film about bread in the Arab and Jewish culture: Accredited to the Christian Media Center. Deuteronomy 8:3 “…man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that…

Johannes Vermeer’s painting – Christ in the house of Martha and Mary – is in the National Gallery in Scotland.  This link explains the painting beautifully; reflecting on it puts things being worried about in to perspective. https://artsandculture.google.com/story/christ-in-the-house-of-martha-and-mary/GAIiXZnhTewWIA “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him…

A poem from ‘Forgotten Ireland’ to reflect upon: When things go wrong as they sometimes will,When the road you’re trudging seems all up hillWhen the funds are low and the debts are highAnd you want to smile, but you have to sigh.When care is pressing you down a bit,Rest if you must, but don’t you…