Why does God have so few friends?

St Teresa of Avila: “Oh my Lord, when will You stop scattering obstacles in our path?” Jesus: “Do not complain, daughter, for that is how I treat my friends.” Teresa: “If this is how You treat your friends, it is no wonder You have so few!”   (Some poetic licence...

I offer you no comfort

Luk 12:51 “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.” – Jesus John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – Jesus I...

What if my other shirt breaks?

Luke 3:11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” It is fascinating for me that at the end of the opening text of this chapter, which introduces John in Luke’s Gospel with a fiery...

O God where art thou?

On Tuesday night we had one of the most theatrical and impressive lightning displays we have ever encountered in Rustenburg. There were strikes all around our home, with a torrential downpour included. It was Biblical! I spent an eventful evening at church with some...

We are resurrection children

(A short poem reflecting on resurrection and our being reborn through God’s saving grace) Friday’s embryonic stasis, Be-laboured breathing, Diaphragm heaving. “I thirst” “It is finished” Darkness, the final act!   And yet, the curtain rises Torn in two....

Compassion Liturgy

I came across this beautiful, yet challenging, excerpt from a compassion liturgy while leading worship at St Michael’s Church in Bryanston last month. The wording is quite poignant as it describes many of the hurts of this world juxtaposed alongside Jesus’ expansive...