An Ambidextrous Faith

May be an image of twilight, nature and ocean

Musing… my yesterday:

We walked along the seafront yesterday morning. Half of Lowestoft had the same idea…  families deep in conversation… dogs and children letting off steam… friends greeting each other. We chatted to Kathryn, Doreen and Louise…

Children were building sandcastles. One particular lad, having a lovely time, was wearing a cycle helmet and sunglasses. Neither were necessary.

In the afternoon we watched ‘Godspell’. I still love the way it tells the Jesus-story. They sung:

‘All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
For all his love.’

I could relate to that.

Musing… two positive friends:

June: 25th December – so much fun at church this morning celebrating the birth of Jesus through Christmas blankety blank! And we told each other the Christmas story with the help of ‘Pass the Parcel’   

Cat: Sometimes I forget to have gratitude for everything that recovery has enabled me to have in my life. Things that I believed were lost forever.  Christmas is definitely a time of reflection for me. My life is amazing. My parents are legends. My daughter is just perfect. My extra children are precious. My friends are awesome. I am loved. I am enough.

Musing… other friends… Christmas was tough; 2022 could be tougher:

Desmond Tutu: ’Discovering more joy does not save us from the inevitability of hardship and heartbreak. In fact, we may cry more easily, but we will laugh more easily too. Perhaps we are just more alive. Yet as we discover more joy, we can face suffering in a way that ennobles rather than embitters. We have hardship without becoming hard. We have heartbreaks without being broken.’

Philip Yancey: ‘Centuries ago Gregory of Nicaea called a fellow church leader’s faith ambidextrous because he welcomed pleasures with the right hand and afflictions with the left, convinced that both would serve God’s design for him.’

Rachel’s doing a jigsaw. Sometimes life’s pieces don’t fit together so tidily…

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