Friday, October 24, 2014

haiku: October walk

October walk
  ~beechnut burrs
      crackle underfoot

prayer diary Friday 24 October 2014 (day of discipline and self-denial)

'You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?' 
Luke 12. 56

Reflection
Christ condemned those of his day who though wise enough to know what weather was in store, yet refused to recognise the truth of who he was. How will he judge those of us who call him 'Lord, Lord,' yet place our own will above his?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

prayer diary Thursday 23 October 2014 (St James)

And looking at those who sat around him, he said ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.' 
Mark 3. 34, 35

Reflection
All may be in a relationship with Christ as loving and close as with your dearest family members. But it requires that you not only hear his word but obey it also.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

haiku: autumn breeze

autumn breeze
   ~the stirring leaves
        sounding like rain

prayer diary Wednesday 22 October 2014

'If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’ 
Luke 12. 39, 40

Reflection
So many times in the Gospels our Lord speaks of the suddenness of death and the unknown time at which he will come again. He tells us this not to frighten but to warn us; for he loves us, and wishes none to deny themselves their chance of heaven.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

haiku: sunshine after rain

sunshine after rain
  ~lambent rainbow
      under paler brother

prayer diary Tuesday 21 October 2014

'Be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes.' 
Luke 12. 36,37

Reflection Again Christ reminds us that none of us know when we will be called before the judgement seat. Therefore live every moment as if in the next one might be your last so that you might spend every moment of the life to come with Christ in heaven.