Saturday, 13 February 2016

Photo every day Lent 2016: injustice

I think this photo speaks for itself as far as today's topic of 'injustice' is concerned. It is 'Shot at Dawn' at The National Memorial Arboretum in Litchfield. I would encourage you to see it for yourself.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Photo every day Lent 2016: look

Today's word is 'look'. 

Why are you so anxious? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they took not, neither do they spin. Matthew 6:28

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Photo every day through Lent 2016 - voice

1“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Photo every day Lent 2016: Gather

My intention is to blog a photo every day during Lent. I may comment, I may not. There will no doubt be a poem or two. These are the words I will be using:

Today's word 'gather' brings me to these baby birds gathered in a nest all waiting for mummy bird to come back with some food. 

Psalm 91:1-4

Whoever dwells in the 
shelter of the most high,
Will rest in the shadow 
Of the almighty.
I will say of the Lord,
'He is my refuge 
And my fortress,
My God in whom
I trust.'
Surly he will save you 
From the fowlers snare
And the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
And under his wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be 
your shield and rampart...

Sunday, 24 January 2016

A little humour...

Those of you accustom to Facebook may have seen the 'Be like Me (Be like Bill) ditties that have appeared curtesy of the idea is you in put your name and gender and it comes up with a 'Be like Bill' or 'Be like [insert name]' poem. I hope you like my own version....

This is Jo
She is unique
There is no one the same
Or as madly insane
Jo likes to laugh 
And hopes you do to
Be like Jo...
No! Be like you :-)

Revdjo 24/1/2016

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The roar of the waterfall


Psalm 42

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    ‘Where is your God?’
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Saviour and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon – from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me –
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,
    ‘Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?’
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    ‘Where is your God?’

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Saviour and my God.

(NIV 2011) 

There is something about the sound of water, whether it be the roar of a waterfall, a babbling brook or the waves crashing against the shore. I have been drawn to the sounds of God's creation of late, the sounds that can be so easily passed over. In the quietness of the morning the pitter patter of rain on the window pane seems to sing a different song than it does when you are running for the car on a wet afternoon. On mornings where it hasn't been raining, they have been few and far between of late in the UK, the dawn chorus breaks through the stillness as the darkness as night turns to day. A different song is sung again by the wind at night as it rustles through the trees and whistles through the valleys. Each song is beautiful in its own right. Each has its own mood as every song has, although perhaps the song we hear depends on our own mood? God speaks loud and clear in so many ways through creation and it's many songs. God continues to speak to us, and reassure us even when we fail to stop and listen. He speaks through the songs of creation even when we sleep.