Thoughts and Reflections

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost sometimes
That’s why I chose this way”
When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble -
needing God to be my guide
When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
and pray for strength to carry on
When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache
which is why I seek God’s name

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved

                               Carol Wimmer

WHEN I SAY I AM A CHRISTIAN

 

Thoughts for Lent and Life

Five simple things can help us discipline our spiritual life:


First – Recognize your strengths and virtues – but resist complacency.  God can always make you more like Christ than you are now.


Second – Accept the need to work and struggle spiritually.  Salvation is a free gift but a vital intimate relationship with God does not come effortlessly.  No relationship does.


Third – Study the Bible – especially the gospels.  We can’t be more like Christ if we don’t really know what he was like.  Meditate on how the scriptures show Jesus dealing with life.  Pay attention to his priorities, to his conflicts, to his actions and to his teachings.  Let these things be used by God in your life to challenge your thinking – to test how you do things.


Fourth – Continue in prayer.  Confess your failings and open your life to the transforming power of God.  Don’t forget to listen as well as to talk.  In prayer face the reality of whose you are and learn to submit yourself to God’s purpose for you.  Let him show you the path you should take.


And Fifth – Don’t fear change.  We need to change.  When we are open to God not only will we change – but things around us will change.  Growth is a process of changing – and that process is not always pain free.  If you notice in the middle of the word Growth is the word OW.

 


The Source


He is the Source, the Beginning, the Maker,

The Origin, Big Bang, Primeval Earthquaker,

The Author, Composer, the Dreamer, the Dream,

Foundation, the Cornerstone, Load-Bearing Beam,

Creator, Inspiring, he sang the first song,

Alpha, Word, Logos, the There-All-Along

The initial brush stroke on the page waiting white,

The Crux and the Reason why, Let There Be Light

Firstborn from the dead, he's the one up before us

The Number One, Rising Sun, leads the Dawn Chorus

The breath before speaking, the thought before breath,

The spark before thinking, the Life without death

                                                                            Amy Robinson

Father Peter Dawson