Monday, 15 June 2015

Jesus Stops for Intimacy

    One of my favourite websites is  They have four streams of Christian music that is all free online; praise, instrumental, contemporary and Spanish.  When I am writing, I like to listen to it.  My heart gets engaged, and it seems to stir my creativity.

            On Saturday afternoon I walked over to St. Francis church here in the parish.  They were hosting a donation-based afternoon tea to celebrate the signing of the Magna Carta.  It was 800 years ago today that King john signed it.   ‘Maverick’ was at work, so I went by myself. 
            As I was about to leave, I felt a little prompt in my heart to invite my friends, Mr. & Mrs. B., to dinner on Sunday afternoon.  They have provided several meals for us, and it was time for me to have the honour of providing hospitality to them.  Stir-fried chicken with brown rice was served about 5.30pm with watermelon for afters.  We had a lovely evening.  I was blessed by flowers from their back garden.  I wanted to share them with you here.

         Another experience I wanted to share with you was from a Bible study I did last week.  I was reading Mark 10:15-16. 
         The context is that Jesus and his disciples are going from one community to the next, sharing the kingdom of God with all who would listen.  Many people were bringing children to Jesus for blessing.  Now the disciples were not getting the picture and told them not to bother Jesus.   

But Jesus stops and says:

 “Truly, I tell you, whoever does not receive and accept and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] positively shall not enter it at all.” (16) And He took them [the children up one-by-one] in His arms and [fervently invoked] a blessing , placing his hands upon them.”

           God often uses my imagination to communicate with me, to engage not only my intellect, but also my emotions and spirit.  As I read that passage, a beautiful picture formed.  Jesus stops near a stand of trees.  The crowd has to stop as well.  He forgets about time.  The sun is out, the shade is welcome and Jesus smiles at the children, their mothers and reaches for the nearest child.  He picks the child up in his arms. 

           For Jesus and the child, everything else seems to fall away into this eternal, timeless moment.  The child, a girl, relaxes in Jesus secure embrace, and lays her head on his shoulder.  Jesus places his hand on her head, then softly, firmly and intimately says: 

“In the name of the Father, I bless you.  He has given His angels charge over you.  As you grow, may your heart rest in His love for you.  He is in your midst, mighty to save.  He exults over you with singing.  Be secure in His love.  Be courageous.  Trust totally, and take notice of His direction.  He will never, no never forsake you.  You are His Child.  Amen”

            Jesus’ voice resonates with the Father’s love and purpose.  He calls forth the gifts and destiny in that child.  The breeze blows, moving the leaves on the trees, whispering through grass nearby.  
            As I meditate of the words and picture, the child is no longer a stranger from the crowd.  I have become the child in Jesus’ embrace.  I have become the focus of His blessing, His love.   My mind and heart were encouraged, comforted and emboldened.  With all my heart I want to share with others that God loves them too.  
            In the past week, I have gone back to this inspired encounter and meditated on it.  My heart is so full of thanksgiving.  I thought it only appropriate to share it.

Serving Jesus, Author of our faith,
“Lady Helene”

Monday, 8 June 2015

It's her birthday! Its her birthday!

Birthday Girl Maisy with "Scamp"
One year ago today a little dog names Zara gave birth to sa litter of three puppies.  I learned about these little creatures in July and went to see them.
In my sister's hands

Three girl puppies, identical to look at.  Overwhelmingly sweet to hold.  I took each one in turn, held her on her back and rubbed the tummy.  The one above let me indulge my enjoyment for a few seconds, then gave a yip!.  So, this one had Sas!  I made up my mind, she was the one.  We had to leave her, as she was only four weeks old!  But she had a name, and a deposit was paid.  I was looking forward to getting my Fur-baby!

Maisy came home to me on 8th August, full of attitude and curiosity.  She is a year old today.  She is an amazing little creature, cleaver, sweet and funny.  "Maverick" and I are totally besotted.

Maisy on 18 September 2014

Maisy with her favourite Doggy friend, Foo on 26 May 2015

Maisy, with "Scamp" her newest toy playmnate--8 June 2015

Looking like a film star-8 June 2015--1st Birthday

About to take a nap, 6 June 2015
 Happy Birthday, my darling Maisy!

Serving Jesus, Author of our faith,
"Lady Helene"

Monday, 1 June 2015

Intercessions for church service 31 May 2015

     Yesterday, 31st May, would have been Mom's birthday--and she would have celebrated 89 years with us if she would have been this side of heaven.  I had no cake on hand, so I ate too many cookies instead.  :-)  
     I enjoy being on the rota for the Intercessions at St. Mary's.  I felt honoured to give the intercessions on Mom's birthday.  I guess because she is the one who taught me and my syblings to pray.  
     I know some of you, who were at St. Mary's (Langley) yesterday, you will have heard this already.  For those who regularly attend St. Mary's, but were away yesterday, it is an opportunity to participate by reading it.  For the rest of you, I hope it inspires you to pray as well.

Following the example of our Lord Jesus, let us pray for the church and the world.

Lord, in Your Mercy
Hear our Prayer

The Church:  Most Gracious and loving Heavenly Father, we acknowledge our great need of your grace and Presence.  Thank you for sending us the Holy Spirit to guide us in our prayers.  We pray for all church leaders worldwide.  Enable them to speak Your words of vision, Your heart, to us.  Let their words be a call to action, inspiring us to act on behalf of widows, orphans, the disenfranchised, the poor, the illiterate.  May we, your church, fulfil Your promises:
·         To be a voice of justice and protection for the elderly and widows
·         To be the family in which you place the solitary and desolate
·         To be the hands that feed the hungry—spirit, soul and body
·         To be the ones to quench the thirst of those who are weary and parched physically and emotionally
·         The open door into which the wanderer and stranger are invited in
·         The resource to clothe the naked
·         The visitors to those who are sick, afflicted with care and those in prison.

Lord, in Your Mercy
Hear our Prayer

Creation, Human Society, The Sovereign, Those in Authority:  God of Creation, we pray for governmental leaders, nationally and locally.  Thank You for raising up Christians to run for and get elected into government offices.  Let them be Your voice in parliament as well as local councils.  Let them be an influence of righteousness in making policies and laws.  Help them to be an example of service to others, contrasting the others who are seekers of power and/or personal gain.

Lord, in Your Mercy
Hear our Prayer

The Local Community:  Father of Mercy, we pray for the elderly in our community and the many organisations that work on their behalf.  We pray for cross-generational relationships to be formed, so that the practical and emotional needs of the older generation are met.  We pray for children many continue with tests which affect their future education.  Provide them with peace during test-taking, and bring to mind all they have learned during the year.  

Lord, in Your Mercy
Hear our Prayer

Those who suffer:  God our Healer, we lift up those who are suffering in mind and/or body.  Bless the work of counsellors and those who provide comfort, guidance and support through active listening.  We ask that Your healing will manifest in those who have recently undergone major treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and invasive surgery.  We pray for the people who through surgery have received implants and transplants, that their bodies will accept these life-changing organs/prosthetics.  Provide rest, nutrition and strength to aid in the healing process.  We pray for their care-givers to have wisdom and support. 

Lord, in Your Mercy
Hear our Prayer

The communion of saints: As we remember those who have recently experienced bereavement, we ask that we may be agents of solace, comfort and encouragement.  We give you thanks for the lives of those who have gone on before us, yet live on in our hearts and minds.  

Lord, in Your Mercy
Hear our Prayer

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.