Sunday, April 29, 2012

Coming apart at the seams


Tomorrow is a big day for me. My work hours are reducing and I have such dreams of what I might achieve in the garden with the extra time, like cleaning up these pine cones which dropped weeks ago.

Reflection: 
Psalm 60:1-2 The Message (MSG)
"God! you walked off and left us, kicked our defenses to bits
 And stalked off angry.
 Come back. Oh please, come back!

You shook earth to the foundations,
 ripped open huge crevasses.
 Heal the breaks! Everything's
 coming apart at the seams."

Participating in Psalm Challenge #60

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dependable love


Early in the morning I was enjoying watch the sun shine on the leaves that are beginning to show their autumn colour - the cycle of the seasons is so comforting.

Reflection:
Psalm 59:16-17 The Message
"And me? I'm singing your prowess,
 shouting at cockcrow your largesse,
 For you've been a safe place for me,
 a good place to hide.
 Strong God, I'm watching you do it,
 I can always count on you—
 God, my dependable love."

Participating in this week's Psalm Challenge.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Green or dry


The agapanthus heads are dropping their seed and I have been tut-tutting as I walk around the garden. I should have cut them weeks ago to save myself having to weed out hundreds of baby agapanthus because I already have more than enough.

This weeks Psalm Challenge is one of those challenging ones where the Psalmist wishes ill on the wicked.

Reflection:
Psalm 58:9
"whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away"

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Be Exalted, O God




I have thinking. What from this Easter season would reflect the joy and peace I experience through the Lord's sacrifice and triumphant resurrection.

Reflection:
Selected verses in italics from Psalm 57

Would it be the berries on the catoneaster, like oozing drops of blood?
My soul was bowed down
Would it be the full moon rising in the east as the sun lowered behind the trees in the west?
Let your glory be over all the earth
Would it be the thunder and lightening playing outside tonight?
In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
Would it be the cyclamen rising from the sun warmed earth with petals lifted to the heavens?
I will sing and make melody!
Would it be that I have been humming these words ever since I checked this week's Psalm challenge and again as I sunk into the bath tub tonight.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

I hope you have all had a blessed Easter, celebrating with the risen Christ.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sadness and trust


We have been away in Canberra and Sydney for a week and came home to find Autumn has moved in. The weather this weekend has been warm and glorious, though we are having a rainstorm again just now. Autumn is a special time of year, tinged just a little with sadness as summer fades.  Today's Psalm is also tinged with sadness but also with resolute trust.

Reflection
Psalm 56:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?"

Participating in this weeks Psalm Challenge #56