Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Marva Dawn strikes again - Hallelujah!

In my local Christian Bookshop (Jacob's Well, in Horsham), I discovered this book in the specials bin - for $9.95 another masterpiece from Marva Dawn. It brings together two of my passions - integrity of our witness with our professed faith, and language.

If you know the work of Lynn Truss entitled Eats, Shoots, and Leaves you will know what I mean about language and correct use of punctuation, in particular. What Dawn is on about reclaiming here is not correct punctuation, but correct usage of vocabulary that has been usurped by our society. To cite one heading, Dawn describes the word "Awesome" as a prime example of a word which has been all but lost due to describe God because of the way in which society uses it.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

It's Rudd - he needs our prayer!

Kevin Rudd, leader of the Australian Labor Party has secured victory in the Australia Federal Election. A swing of 5.6% against the sitting government of John Howard resulted in a clear mandate from the country for a change in government. It appears 24 of the 150 seats in the lower-house of parliament have changed hands, although some races are still very close. John Howard's own seat, Bennelong, which he has held since 1974, is likely to be one of the casualties for the Liberal / National coalition.

The Coalition has also likely lost it's majority in the 76-seat senate, with a preliminary result of 37 seats for the Coalition, and 32 for Labor, with the Greens, Family first and independents holding the balance of power.

Let us pray for the Prime Minister-elect, and for all newly-elected or re-elected Members of Parliament, and newly-elected or re-elected Senators, that they accept with humility the authority which has been given them, and govern with justice and mercy, according to Micah 6:8.

Let us pray also for outgoing-PM John Howard, and the other defeated candidates, that they accept the result of the election with grace and that they continue to find joy in their daily vocations, even where they now may face significant change.

Let us pray for all who live in Australia - even the non-voting non-citizens like me who can only be (very) interested observers, rather than participants, in the electoral process. God grant us the humility to respect, obey, love and serve those whom he has placed in authority over us.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Oh what a beautiful morning!

Blue sky and some white cotton-wool. You'd never know that yesterday it felt brutally hot (even though it was only 35 Celsius or so) and dry, and that more of the same is coming today.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

That 70's show!

Not so long ago there screened on TV a programme entitled That 70's show. I'm reminded of that by this chair, which is either of that decade, or maybe of the early 1980s.

This is one of two chairs deemed surplus to requirements by our school, and which I grabbed eagerly as visitor chairs for the parish offices. Whilst from a point of view of fashion they may be passe, at least they are more comfortable than the stacking chairs hitherto available for visitors!

Many thanks to Saint Peter's Lutheran School!
(Oh, and also thanks to Principal Leon Kroehn, and for the small file-drawer on wheels, too!)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Rain, rain, go away?

So far in November we have had more rain (37mm so far) than in all of August, September and October combined.  How badly the earth has needed it.  Surely we give thanks to God for the refreshing rain?

Since quite a few farmers have been making hay while the sun shines, they actually have found it not so helpful.  It is to be hoped that this refreshing rain (more than 2 inches on some farms) might result in much better yields in some crops.

Tongue-in-cheek it has been said that God doesn't know what he's up to.  I much prefer to remember "My ways are not your ways" and give thanks for the weather that God provides, whatever it may be.