Tag Archives | longing

A Spacious Place

God, dwelling with God’s people, shared their desire to dwell somewhere more permanent, safe, and beautiful than just a tent in the wilderness. We have a God-given longing for a ‘spacious place’.

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How to deal with discontent

Sometimes the church tells me that I should not be sad, because Jesus is enough. My longings tell me that though Jesus may be enough, I do not always see Jesus clearly, feel him near. Jesus may be enough, but I do not yet have enough Jesus.

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When your holiday is not heaven

When the grief of chronic illness strikes, I am Adam and Eve, homesick for Eden, looking at the angel barring the way back. My sickness is part of the metaphor that reminds me of the brokenness of the world. When I am paddling in the clear Mediterranean, I am John in Patmos, with a glimpse of heaven and the riches of eternal life with the Creator.

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Cloud of witnesses

You always run faster when there is a crowd cheering.   I noticed this at the Olympics – how many personal bests were achieved, records broken. Some of that will have been from the thrill and challenge of competing, and beating others. Some of that, I suspect, is from the volume of the cheers, and […]

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Halfway up the stairs

I remember sitting on the stairs, halfway up the stairs, in my childhood home. In a family that was bouncy and exuberant, full of colour and noise, it was important to me to spend some time half-way up.   There I would sit, bony knees touching my chin, hand resting on the white paint of […]

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