Peter and Paul – Apostles and Martyrs – 25th June 2017

I woke up early on Monday morning, as usual, kissed Maurie goodbye (about 5:30am) and snuggled down for a couple of minutes before facing the day. The next thing I knew it was broad daylight and 7:45am! Most unusual for me but I felt refreshed and ready to get started on my office work.

It was a beautiful morning and as I walked into our kitchen/dining area, seeing the sun through the drapes, hearing the wind through the bush behind our home, and being greeted by our two dogs, I felt incredibly blessed. I was almost overwhelmed with gratitude for our home, our family, our friends and this beautiful county.

My heart and spirit danced. In fact, I was so brimming over with happiness that I felt I needed to call Maurie to share the feeling and to tell him I love him. I thank God that Maurie didn’t think I was crazy calling him for something which could be considered trivial.

Simple things, simple pleasures that we often overlook because we are too busy getting ready for something to happen or there is something we are supposed to be doing, someone we are supposed to be seeing. We miss the present moment because we are moving to the next thing.

Tuesday morning Maurie overslept slightly but I was wide-awake to greet the day. A dull slightly bleak and windy day, yet surprisingly, again as I walked into our kitchen/dining area I was assailed with a sense of peace and joy – and felt the presence of Jesus in the moment. Call me mad if you like. Call me delusional; I can assure you that I don’t mind. I am consciously practicing mindfulness and living each moment in awareness of my place in the Kingdom of God – as a child of our heavenly Father and as a companion in the presence of Jesus.

Enjoy your precious moments and allow them to colour your days.

Patronal Festival – St Peter And Paul

Please Note *** Sunday 25th June

ONE SERVICE ONLY

8am at St Peters Charlotte Street Wynnum

This is our shared Patronal Festival

Today we worship together with the people of St Peters Wynnum, as we celebrate the lives of our Patron Saints.

Following the service we will share brunch and fellowship. Please Come along and join us there.

Second Sunday after Pentecost – 18th June 2017

This has been a busy rain soaked week and I have been fighting a sinus infection. There has been little time or energy to write a reflection, because I have had difficulty to keeping my eyes open (even for a mid-week 50th birthday celebration with friends) let alone concentrate enough to write anything. I fall back on Wisdom from the Desert Fathers… these words ring true for me.

Once Abbot Antony was conversing with some brethren, and a hunter who was after game in the wilderness came upon them. He saw Abbot Antony and the brothers enjoying themselves, and disapproved. Abbot Anthony said: ‘Put an arrow in your bow and shoot it.’ This he did. ‘Now shoot another,’ said the Elder. ‘And another, and another.’ Then the hunter said: ‘If I bend my bow all the time it will break.’ Abbot Anthony replied: ‘So it is also in the work of God. If we push ourselves beyond measure, the brethren will soon collapse. It is right therefore, from time to time, to relax.’

Relax, eat some chicken soup, drink hot chocolate, be kind to yourself, take some time to reflect and, above all, begin each day with the realization that you are a beloved child of God and infinitely valuable in His sight!

Trinity Sunday – 11th June 2017

Who or What is The Trinity?

Augustine, while puzzling over the doctrine of the Trinity, was walking along the beach one day when he observed a young boy with a bucket, running back and forth to pour water into a little hole. Augustine asked, “What are you doing?” The boy replied, “I’m trying to put the ocean into this hole.”

Then Augustine realized that he had been trying to put an infinite God into his finite mind.

I really like the explanation by Tertullian, one of the theologians of the early church, who described the Trinity in a metaphor. God the Father he described as “a deep root, the Son as the shoot that breaks forth into the world, and the Spirit as that which spreads beauty and fragrance.”

Martin Luther said “To try to deny the Trinity endangers your salvation, to try to comprehend the Trinity endangers your sanity.”

And more recently, Justo L. Gonzalez, director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative at Emory University, said that some people approach the Trinity like it was a crossword puzzle. Then he counters, “Trinity is a mystery, not a puzzle. Love is a mystery, a crossword is a puzzle. You try to solve the puzzle, you stand in awe before a mystery.”

If these are the explanations of the wise and brilliant theologians over time, what hope have I when it comes to explain the wonder of God?