Samuel rode lightly on top of a book and he balanced happily among ideas the way a man rides white rapids in a canoe. But Tom got into a book, crawled and grovelled between the covers, tunnelled like a mole among the thoughts, and came up with the book all over his face and hands.
Steinbeck, East of Eden (via circumnavigating)
East of Eden is a good, good book.
We thank you, our Father, for the life and knowledge which you have revealed through Jesus, your child. To you be glory forever.
As this piece [of bread] was scattered over the hills and then was brought together and made one, so may your Church be brought together from the ends of the earth into your Kingdom.
For yours is the glory and the power through Jesus Christ forever.
And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
He who is our destination is also our forerunner, our escort, and our path
Unfathomable oceans of grace are in Christ for you. Dive and dive again, you will never come to the bottom of these depths. How many millions of dazzling pearls and gems are at this moment hid in the deep recesses of the ocean caves! But there are unsearchable riches in Christ.
Evidences of God’s Grace in 2013
When [Barnabas] arrived [in Antioch] and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. (Acts 11:23) over
It’s over a month late, but I still wanted to do this as I have done in 2012 and 2011. I often forget how gracious God is to me and this helps me to remember. Maybe you should make one for your year too?
- Began the year on the other side of the world, in the mountains of Colorado with snow gently falling and letting off fireworks, with good friends. It was beautiful!
- I got to travel through some amazing places: searching for alligators in the Everglades; discovering the Caribbean, a region I’d never known much about, and experiencing their wonderful mix of cultures and food and the beautiful scenery. Some of it just blew me away. And being back in some British and Dutch colonies just made me feel so at home. God’s work is incredibly awesome, and he graciously gives it to us to see and explore.
- A month of travelling alone meant much thinking, reading, praying, and generally enjoying the solitude, yet knowing God was with me always.
- Flew home to a family who loves me and some wonderful friends who I’d missed.
- Came to appreciate Australia, Wollongong, my University, and my Church much more than I had before
- Made it to the age of 21!
- Spent a week holidays down the coast with a group of wonderful people, just relaxing and enjoying being with them (and made a video of it all!) (and then went to Katoomba for a weekend with them too!)
- Asked a really awesome girl to go out with me and spent the rest of the year having such a wonderful time with her. An absolute gift from God.
- Whereas last year in was Ben Howard, I was blessed with The Gray Havens as my choice of soundtrack for the year.
- Kept in touch with all the great people I met in America in 2012, thankful for the technology which allows this to happen so easily.
- Spent a week exploring Tasmania in the fantastic company of three other great people. It’s a really nice place! God just keeps cranking out awesome places to visit.
- Read 40 books, and through it started loving fiction more, kept loving God more, and kept enjoying this wonderful world more, and became much better friends with Clive Staples Lewis.
- Went on a number of camps to hear the Bible preached by such gifted speakers. Sydney’s blessed by such good bible teaching.
- Watched 4 seasons of The West Wing. Now that is a blessing to mankind.
- Went down to the Australian ski fields twice to ski. They’re not much on a world-scale, but come on, isn’t snow just so awesome!
- God blessed our church with new facilities, with so many new opportunities to proclaim his name.
- Heard some of the greatest music at the Opera House
- Farewelled a good friend who suddenly passed away, but was once again reminded of the comfort of God and the blessing of Christian community.
- And much more..,
Thou hast not left me, though I oft left Thee.
On to the close Lord, abide with me.
I believe that most people, Christians as well as non-Christians, are so starved for the genuine interest of one other person that a little bit of concern from someone who cares goes a mighty long way. One of the most plaintive statements in the Bible is David’s cry in Psalm 142:4, “No one cares for my soul”. Do you know someone who possibly feels that way? If so, you have an opportunity to do good to that person by saying, “I just want you to know I care.”