It’s been a week: of working, studying, cooking, cleaning, laundering, parenting, medical appointments, and family business requiring an 8-hour return trip to Melbourne. My husband and I have passed like ships in the night as he, too, had to be in Melbourne but on different days. Now a kid has Covid; it’s their third week of sickness this term. The cat is overdue its annual vaccinations; I’m getting rude notes from the library; the garden’s knee high in weeds; and I’m conscious of all the things I haven’t done. Continue reading “Hebrews | Slow reading | Drinking the rain”
Tonight we reflected on Luke 13:10-17, when Jesus freed a woman who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. When he touched her, she stood up straight and began praising God, as did the whole crowd of people. But the leader of the synagogue was enraged that he had healed someone on the Sabbath … Continue reading “Luke | Group reflection: Freed on the Sabbath”
you emptied yourself,
taking the form of a slave
and humbling yourself even unto death.
Empty us of our pride,
strip us of our self-importance,
and recall us to our limits.
Reconcile our circles of concern
with our circles of influence,
that we may stop loudly panicking
and start quietly working
towards your new creation
of reconciliation, justice and peace.
For we cannot solve everything:
but you resolve all things;
and it is not in grand gestures
but in humble service
that you are made known.
In the name of Christ, we pray:
During a recent service, Anita told us how her family was experimenting with a technology Sabbath. Each Friday evening, they turn off their iPads, computers, phones and tv; and they stay off until Saturday evening. ‘How is it?’ I asked her kids. ‘Oh, not great,’ admitted one, ‘but we played chess.’ ‘And did a heap of other stuff!’ said someone else.
Sabbath is at the heart of the Ten Commandments. It asks us to step aside from the economic system each week; and it asks us to provide this opportunity to everyone. Yet very few of us take it seriously. What makes it so hard to stop? How does your household rest? What strategies could you use to ensure you rest more often? Continue reading “Cartalk / Tabletalk 18: Time to stop and do nothing”
God gives the gift of freedom and Ten Words – three strategies – to help us resist the lies of empire. (Listen.)
Just imagine: You have been set free. Free from unreasonable expectations, casual contracts, and ever-increasing KPI’s. Free from the busywork of middle management and trivializing performance reviews. Free from the gnawing feeling that, no matter how many hours you put in, you will never know enough or do enough or be enough or have enough. Free from seeking other people’s approval; free from the need to be seen as helpful, powerful, successful, special, right, reliable, calm, happy or wise. Continue reading “Exodus | Ten words, three strategies, and a never-ending flow of life”