This Monday, a fresh start to a new week, had begun with a mid-morning prayer with two dear mentors. It was a time of godly wisdom, great affirmation and comfort, and I know,
my cares are safe in His arms.
1 Peter 5:7 🙂
Too, scrumptious traditional Chinese cakes!
God certainly provides for all needs. Yum yum, haha.
This was followed by a visit to the Cathedral Library by the cloisters – I cannot possibly believe I have never stepped in this treasure of a place in all previous years of my life here in Durham. So often I had wandered by straight on to the bookshop further on, for the Library, obscured and well-hidden (I say so, because visitors do not often go peering into/prising apart closed and seemingly-locked doors!), had often not been opened when I made visits to the Cathedral. I had to push open these grand old marvellous doors with great care.
Finally, in the Library! In a good 4th year!
Shelves of old books greeted this pair of keen eyes, eyes God has been very gracious to open. LUTHER, JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, the books called out invitingly, amidst them were the writings of many other forefathers, martyrs among them. I headed straight for the book on prophecy that a friend recommended, and had a little sit by a window, which opened to one beautiful sight beyond – of autumn trees!
In the Spirit of new beginnings, I had decided to begin journalling anew, too.
Beautifully crafted, yes? Peek close, for a glimpse at the significance of this work 😉
And yes, I did bring this good pen here with me.
Diaries are great, dear friends, for tracing the work of God’s hand in your life. You will see, that He has always, always proven faithful.
Thankful, for one memorable, memorable Monday.
Thank You, most Gracious Father.
“I have held many things in my hands,
and I have lost them all.
But whatever I have placed in God’s hands
That I still possess.”
– Martin Luther
Strange, this. I had been moved to think about how I end my posts, and I thought, to reverse the style of ending with pithy quotes, and end rather, with one which spurs practical action.
Tomorrow, Christchurch Durham’s iFocus team would be involved in an evangelistic event – Char Kway Teow being the key drawing point, and drawn people it has indeed, praise God. Well, it is the work of the Holy Spirit to complete God’s Loving purposes!
As we think about how easy and often it is to share the Gospel out on the streets, in cafes, in casual conversations with our dear friends, how important it is, to think to Christianity as the battle against the devil is being fought in the wider world.
http://www.chinaaid.org/p/persecuted.html is a great place to start. Why not, write a letter to a distant brother or sister in Christ, who is fighting in flesh for the sake of the Gospel, for what they – as you, and as I – truly believe in.
And never, never, underestimate the power of earnest, consistent, believing prayer.
God is one God, who can and will do amazing things.
Let us participate actively in God’s work, in Love and obedience to our Worthy King.
1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
3 When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before Your presence.
4 For You have maintained my just cause;
You have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
5 You have rebuked the nations; You have made the wicked perish;
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
their cities You rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
7 But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
He has established His throne for justice,
8 and He judges the world with righteousness;
He judges the peoples with uprightness.
9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know Your name put their trust in You,
for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples His deeds!
12 For He who avenges blood is mindful of them;
He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13 Be gracious to me, O Lord!
See my affliction from those who hate me,
O You who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may recount all Your praises,
that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may rejoice in Your salvation.
15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
16 The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.
17 The wicked shall return to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
19 Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail;
let the nations be judged before You!
20 Put them in fear, O Lord!
Let the nations know that they are but men!