Walking in circles?

I love Psalm 23:3 from the Passion Translation:"He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasureand leads me along in his footsteps of righteousnessso that I can bring honour to his name." The phrase footsteps of righteousness has also been translated as “circular paths of righteousness.”  It is a common trait for sheep on the hillsides of Israel …

Clearing ground

On a recent family road trip we passed some beautiful forested areas. I noticed something about these rolling hills of forests, though.  Some of the hills were covered in magnificent, fully grown pine trees. Others were home to some beautiful young saplings that had only recently been planted. Still other hills were simply patches of …

Don’t look back in anger

The British rock band Oasis were HUGE in 1996. It was my first year of university, and every bar, club and campus hangout was playing Oasis. Or so it seemed! Their music was anthemic.  Thrilling. Stirring. Rousing. Shimmering guitars blossoming into dramatic choruses.  It was music that defined a new, wondrous time of opportunity. A …

Questions for God

My son Caleb is 6 years old, and he has an exhaustingly enquiring mind. He listens carefully to information and then begins to process it by analysing and questioning what he has been told. And, he invents his own set of impossible questions by connecting seemingly random concepts. What’s the weakest thing in the world- …

Water in the Ship

“All the water in all the oceans can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside.” Eugene Petersen. Nothing in the ocean of life around us can sink us, unless we let it get inside of us. When illness comes, or anxiety grips us, or conflict rocks our relationships, it’s easy to come to the conclusion …

Fake Grass

I saw a sign the other day at the nursery. It was advertising artificial lawn. Fake grass. “No mowing. No watering. No mess.” the sign said. It looked great! No inconvenience. And no care needed. Neat. Tidy. But fake. There’s so much fake grass around us, isn’t there? Our world seems enamoured with the pursuit …