Sunday, October 31, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Yesterday I had a day of mixed emotions. Let me share some of the events with you.
- The amazing cloud formations over the hills yesterday.
- I enjoyed my trip to the top of the mountain but it looks like someone had even more fun?
- The model truck I used as an "object lesson."
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
"Vicarious suffering" is a term I first learned at theological college. It means taking on the suffering of others. In the writings of the prophet Isaiah there are passages about the servant of God who does this. Of course this was applied to Jesus and his death on the cross. It is a very real part of being a disciple of Jesus in the world. If some of the hurt in the world is going to stop having a bad impact on the world, some people are going to have to absorb it on behalf of others. I see it as being like shock absorbers in a car, absorbing some of the bumps to make life's journey easier for others.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
- A small photo of a multi-ethnic gathering enjoying our Space2B facilities. It was so good seeing part of a dream become real. People finding companionship, support and company in a partnership of Church and community. One lady came up to me and said, "Thank you so much for Space2B!
- Walking up Mount Cargill this afternoon I encountered a strong freezing gale, snow coming at me but still a great feeling of .....one-ness with nature. (It is hard to describe how and why I enjoy the moods of this hill???) One lesson I learned; Do NOT pee into the wind! Enough said.
Friday, October 8, 2010
There was a photo of me and some firefighters in the local community paper this week. I include the article for friends overseas and to reflect on the nature of chaplaincy. It is written by Bruce Munro.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
On Monday's Breakfast show, Henry asked Prime Minister John Key whether Sir Anand, who was born and raised in New Zealand by his Fijian Indian parents, was "even a New Zealander?"
"Are you going to choose a New Zealander who looks and sounds like a New Zealander this time... Are we going to go for someone who is more like a New Zealander this time?"
- Please media bosses, there are some people "out there" who are prepared to think!
- Please media bosses, think responsibly about the power and influence you have in our community, the opportunity you have to make a difference for good.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
A bike ride from our place in Sawyers Bay through to Aromoana, at the head of Otago Harbour was a great experience. It was a lovely sunny day and I saw a photograph every few minutes. Swans on the harbour; lambs in the paddocks; a family of big native ducks... mum, dad and three ducklings; the rolling swell of the sea; the beach with evening sun glistening on the sand and sea; Wood pigeons giving me a fright as I rode under their tree; two fishing boats coming home through the heads and all the time the physical thrill of peddling and leaning around the windy, but picturesque road. I thought it was a pretty good buzz all around, a nice lead up to a sumptuous evening meal - just about as good as.... but maybe I'll check that out later.... I may be easily pleased, but this was just about as good as it gets. :-) I planted a row of potatoes for Christmas/New Year... that's my day off... back into it tomorrow, but what a great place to live!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
If I had an accident and the newspapers were reporting it would probably read, "An elderly man was.... " I am, to many people, old. But I know that there are many people old before their time because of the way they think. The story is told of two shoe salesmen. One of them was sent into a very rural area to sell shoes. He took a supply of shoes, got there and met the locals. He sent most of the shoes back to head office with a message saying, "It's no good ... nobody wears shoes around here!" A few months later the second shoe salesman went to the same area. After a brief time head office got a message with an order for more shoes with this message, "It's great! Nobody wears shoes around here!" In the same situation, one saw a brick wall, the other saw an opportunity. In every group I have been in I have encountered examples of the first salesman. "It can't be done!" "We've never done it that way before!" "We have already tried that!" "But what if..?" "Do we know how many? How much it will cost? What are the outcomes? What happens when...?" "You'll never be allowed to..." In my years of experience in the community and in the church I could tell you of many projects limited, or curtailed or halted altogether by such thinking.
- A risk free religion is no religion at all.
- The only way one learns to trust is to trust.
- Faith makes things possible, not easy.
by Author Unknown
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach for another is to risk involvement.
To expose your ideas, your dreams,
before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To believe is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the
greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The people who risk nothing, do nothing,
have nothing, are nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but they cannot learn, feel, change,
grow, love, live.
Chained by their attitudes they are slaves;
they have forfeited their freedom.