It could have been easier

It’s a teenage pregnancy, and the fiancée isn’t the father. The birth happens in a farm ‘lean-to’ rather than in a good family home with the best of midwifery care. The baby lies wrapped in cloths in a feeding trough, rather than in suitable babywear in a new basinet. The angels announce this ‘centre of history’ moment to low paid, …

Specificity

Today we have so much data and information available to us, more than we can cope with. So, we simplify, summarise, generalise. This may help make things more manageable for us, but something important gets lost in the process: specificity. Specific details are important. They add colour, context, and concreteness! Life is not lived in generalities, but in the specifics. …

How do you rank?

Black Lives Matter. This powerful movement protests against the devaluing and ill-treating of people just because of the colour of their skin. But once we’ve fixed our racism, is that enough? Maybe I’m no longer racist, but do I have a gender bias? Perhaps I’m not racist or sexist, but do I think those with higher academic qualifications are somehow …

Daring to Share

If you are like me it takes courage to talk about Jesus, even a small comment that identifies us with Christ. We are in good company. The Apostle Paul reflected to the Thessalonians that it was with help from God that he ‘dared’ to tell them the Good News about Jesus. I think the danger for me is to either shrink back from …

Worth more than what we do

With Covid limiting some of the things we can do, here’s a reflection on the difference between being and doing… God made people of immeasurable value. Intricately designed and lovingly created, we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God. Part of that likeness is that we are creative beings: we imagine, design, construct, evaluate, and …

COVID-19 Update

This COVID-19 pandemic means our world is changing fast. Amidst all the uncertainty we think it’s important we stay in touch and support each other as we trust God to use us at this time. Like everyone else, we are no longer meeting face to face in small groups, one-to one meetings, and various other Navigator gatherings. Our people are …

Reflecting and praying the Psalms

Where is your strength and encouragement coming from at this time? Listening to the news keeps me informed of Covid-19 developments, being in the bible connects me with God’s help and perspective. I am finding the Psalms to be a rich source of encouragement and stimulation in my relationship with God.  When threatened the Psalmist takes refuge in God. One of the ways David expresses this is ‘taking refuge in the shadow of …

A thousand times better

One day with God is better than a thousand elsewhere. This idea motivated me to invest two days praying and listening to God in January. The amount of time is not as important as the intention to focus on God. The writers of the Psalms reveal their solid belief that knowing and experiencing God is the source of real life and real help. …

Pray and Play

During a recent visit to New Zealand Al Engler, who works in Seattle with the Navigators, introduced us to ‘pray and play’. Al shared a story of going to party with a group of young friends to illustrate this idea. Before heading out to the party in fancy dress costumes, the small group prayed for the party and their time with the people …

The Direction of the Flow

Ezekiel had a vision of a river flowing out from the Jerusalem Temple towards the Dead Sea. As the river reached the sea, it turned the saltwater into fresh water. Swarms of living creatures followed the flow of the river, and all variety of fruit trees grew along the banks. Ezekiel tells us “where the river flows, life abounds” (Ezek47:9). …