Sunday, December 30, 2012

A prayer for the New Year


As the last crumbs of Christmas cake and pudding have been eaten it's time to contemplate the New Year.  I think this week's Psalm has a perfect prayer for 2013.


Reflection:
Psalm 86:11 New International Version (NIV)
"Teach me your way, Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name."


Participating in Psalm Challenge #86

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Rejoice


As I eagerly await Christmas Day and treasure all the Lord has done I wish you and your families a blessed Christmas and a joyous time together.

Reflection:
Psalm 85:6-8 New International Version (NIV)
"Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, Lord,
and grant us your salvation."

Participating in Psalm Challenge 85 with Robert and others.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Doorkeeping


Welcome to the Christmas season and the bubble of joy and hope it brings.

Reflection:
Psalm 84:10 New International Version (NIV)
"Better is one day in your courts
 than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
 than dwell in the tents of the wicked."

Participating in Psalm Challenge #84.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cut down


It was once a Sugar Maple that stood tall and its big shady canopy went glorious golden in the autumn but for the past several years it has struggled to put out any leaves. This week with a few cuts of the chainsaw it met with an end.

Reflection:
Psalm 83: 10-11 (The Message)
Cut down their leaders as you did Oreb and Zeeb,
their princes to nothings like Zebah and Zalmunna,
With their empty brags, “We’re grabbing it all,
grabbing God’s gardens for ourselves.”

Participating in Psalm Challenge #83 hosted by Robert.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

An immigrant


There were a pair of Red-wiskered Bulbuls in the cherry tree this week.

Bulbuls are native to China, introduced to Sydney in the 1880s.  They have settled in well with the locals.

This little bird had me thinking of the immigrants and refugees we welcome into this country, how they settle in and enrich our lives.  May we be kind and welcoming to those fleeing other countries and seeking shelter in our land.

Reflection:
Psalm 82:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

Participating the Psalm Challenge #82 with Robert and others over at Athens Daily Photo.