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Joy is the gift of love

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Vreugde is het geschenk van de liefde

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Joy is the gift of love. Grief is the price of love. Anger protects that which is loved. And when we think we have reached our limit, wonder is the act that returns us to love.

~Valarie Kaur, in See No Stranger

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Never Is Seldom Never

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Nooit is Zelden Nooit

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Never is a long time.
Be careful what you declare
for it may come back
to bite you in the end.

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Life can only be understood backward


Soren Kierkegaard said,
‘Life can only be understood backward,
but it must be lived forward.’

 

Take courage and peace from the fact that God never changes.
He has always been there for us in the past,
even when we couldn’t see it at the time.
He will equally always be there in the future,
walking through life with us.
May our backward glances at God’s love give us the security to step out into the unknown future.
~ Alan Hermann

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Live the Four

Christian life is simple, but demands our total being.
It can be summed up in four words,
‘Love God, love people’.
But what about obedience, service, sacrifice etc?
Read the four words again.
It’s all there isn’t it?
We can’t fully love without all of these aspects of life flowing out of us.
Live the love.
The rest will take care of itself.
~ Alan Hermann

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Be it in May or September: Run the race

The last two academic years have been very weird with many restrictions. September is here again and soon it will be October, the month when everybody is back at work or back in school. Once more we faee a new academic and church year. Once more we are reminded we have work to do on this earth. We have our obligations and we have to strive to get some results in what we are supposed to do.

In Belgium, last year, sports were more a thing for one person on his own, because no group events were allowed. Everyone had to stay in isolation and contact sports were not allowed. The text underneath normally was to be published in May, when we had the underneath ‘prayer theme’ for the month, but we got somewhat behind with a lot of work, because other matters, like taking care of people, providing food to isolated people and help for those in need, certainly after the floods, required our attention.

In the Covid period it might not have been easy for many. Now it could well be that this year may be a year of transition, for becoming back to normal.

Jane Edwards has a look at what happened mostly in May. In her country that is the time the sun starts showing herself more and more attention is given to outside sports. She then thinks of the race which we have to finish.

Be it May or September, each day we are confronted with a lot of matters. Every day of the year, we have to get on and continue our way.

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Run the race

When I was at school, the month of May meant only one thing…..
Practicing for Sports day.
Today, children are encouraged to just take part, and they are all winners. Helping others along the way to finish together.

When I was at school, it was all about the winning!
Who could run fastest.
Who could throw furthest.
Who could jump highest.

Winners were winners, and losers were just that – losers.
Winners received prizes, losers were scorned.

There were cheers, and plenty of boos.

I hated Sports day. Whilst I enjoyed hockey and netball – team games, I hated the one against one competition of Athletics – mainly because I was rubbish, and not really built to run!

We are told in the Bible in Hebrews 12 that we need to ‘run the race’ , but we are also told that ‘bodily exercise profits little’ in 1 Timothy 4v8 – which is correct?
Of course we need to exercise.
For our hearts and minds exercise is good, but too much can become an obsession – and take us away from other activities that matter.
So, what race do we need to run?

Of course, this is the race to the Kingdom. This race is much better than the ones I failed miserably at school. This race, (perhaps more apt to call it an Obstacle Course) makes everyone a winner!
It’s about getting to the finish line – some may reach that before others, but everyone has a chance to finish and win… and have help from others along the way.
And the prize – eternal life!
No boos, but cheers from the Heavenly Hosts.
As we watch our children on Sports Day, or think about exercise for ourselves, let us remember the most important race of our lives.

 

 

 

Dear Lord,
Please be with us as we run the race to your Kingdom.
Some of us may be slower through lack of faith, anxiety, and fatigue.
Give us the encouragement and strength needed to make it to the finish.
Please help us to help others to the end,
giving them encouragement as you have to us.
Amen

 

Jane Edwards

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Race and Grace

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong

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Additional reading

  1. Life is like a ten-speed bike.
  2. The high calling of God in Christ Jesus
  3. We are redeemed; we are “bought with a price”
  4. Followers with deepening
  5. Troubles testing your faith and giving you patience and good prospects
  6. Matthew 20 Are you willing to work for Jesus?
  7. Today’s Thought “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness” (May 27)
  8. Every athlete exercises self control
  9. Running the battle
  10. A race not to swift, nor a battle to the strong
  11. Run for the Everlasting Cure
  12. Atonement and the race been bought
  13. Being of good courage running the race

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Related

  1. “Fit In!”
  2. Just Keep Going by Bridget A. Thomas
  3. A Crown Beyond the Sun
  4. Running The Race
  5. Running The Race by Tara Randel
  6. Running This Race Called Life
  7. How do you stay strong in the midst of change
  8. ending well
  9. Leaning On The Father
  10. Running the Race of Holiness: DON’T give up
  11. Catching up to the Win
  12. Old and Heavy
  13. The Race
  14. It’s Friday…Run With An Eye For Nothing Less
  15. One Thing I Know
  16. With “Blinders” of Grace!
  17. The Surrendered Disciple!
  18. The Funneling Effect!
  19. With Reverence, Returning…
  20. Reawaken the Redeemed!
  21. Saved from Self’s Strainings!
  22. The Second Hand’s Moment!
  23. Sunday Morning 7/25: Unit 34, Session 4: Running the Race
  24. A Cloud of Witnesses
  25. The Fool’s Boundary!
  26. The Piper’s Promised Peace!
  27. Keep the Focus
  28. Choice Intersections!
  29. Faithful to the End
  30. Wholeness…in Him!
  31. Running the Race

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Healthcare Workers: Heroes of the modern world???

The true heroes, who are usually forgotten by society, are those who work for others without expecting anything in return. All over the world, we are fortunate to find such people volunteering for work that would otherwise be unaffordable and impossible to accomplish. Then there are the teachers and health workers, to whom society should give much more respect and recognition.

 

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National Heroes Day Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda

Your Nurse Marry

When I was young, I used to idolize a lot of characters in the movies I watched, especially those people who portrays act of kindness and heroism.

The COVid-19 pandemic that started in the year 2020 had made a drastic and devastating change in the lives of all people globally. The horrible effects of this virus spread abruptly from one country to another.

In today’s modern world, where new and innovative technologies are present and where new strains of unforeseen biological enemies arises, real heroes stood up and are continuously fighting the battle to help, care and protect all the people in world.

Medical facilities are continuously struggling to support all the people afflicted by the virus. Healthcare providers, nurses, allied health workers and other staff working in the hospitals are trying to offer the best and quality healthcare services needed. With full efforts, they devoted their time to give…

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National Heroes Day Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda

Normally we consider a hero as someone who has done something brave, new, or good, and who is therefore greatly admired by a lot of people, but we have also the little heroes near us, people who are not known by others but have done something special for someone.

Let us also not forget those whose bravery or effort is not noticed or recognised and the many people in anonymity who save others

 

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Celebrity World Ph

As we remember today the greatness of our heroes who had a vision of a better, progressive, free, and independent nation, let us also celebrate our heroes of today who continue to strive for the betterment of our people and our country amid numerous challenges.

Let us recognize and honor our present-day heroes, those who continue to sacrifice their lives and safety for the welfare of our people.  These are our country’s frontliners who have the same quality of selfless devotion and unparalleled contribution to the national cause of keeping this thriving country healthy and strong amid our fight against COVID-19. They are our healthcare professionals and workers, policemen and members of the armed forces, teachers, the utility staff, supermarket staff, food and cargo delivery drivers, fisherfolk and farmers, market vendors, journalists, local and national government employees who continue to courageously perform their duties to provide essential services to our…

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Conversations that Matter

A conversation that matters is always a two-way conversation.
My mother always reminded me that
‘God gave you two ears and one tongue. Listen more’.
We certainly need to chat with God about many aspects of life,
but even more we need to spend time in silent, reverent listening or we may never hear His answers.
Now’s the time for me to do what I say. Won’t you join me?
Happy and enriching listening to us all.
Summing it up:
– Chat to God – He loves to hear from you.
Listen to God – He loves to help you.
~ Alan Hermann

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Relationship Minute: Love Your Partner Better

 

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I wish we spent more time together.
I wish we were more emotionally connected.

Do any of these resonate with you? Do you have the desire to love and be loved more deeply?

You and your partner can learn how to love each other better. Think about what you need to feel more loved, and ask your partner to consider it as well. Sit down and have an open conversation. How can you meet your partner’s needs? How can they meet yours?

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The Relationship Minute is from The Gottman Institute. Visit their website.

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Point Taken?

 

World looks dark?
Lots of confusion? Conflict & division?
Isn’t it time for a little light?
To balance things out?
What if each of us has the power within…?
to shine bright?
Can you shine a little of your light today?

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