Krish Kandiah says God is Stranger

I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to this talk with Krish Kandiah next month.  It’s being held in the chapter house at Gloucester cathedral so it’s going to be a fantastic setting as well.  The blurb says ” explore the times where God shows up unannounced, unrecognised and uninvited, and where His ways are strange to us”.  It sounds great, but also challenging.

Krish Kandiah Gloucester

During Lent, Dr Tim Davy from Redcliffe College and Gloucester, came to speak at one of a series of Lent Lectures organised by our church for local Christians.  He spoke of the plight of unaccompanied minors and refugees, urging us to respond as Christ would.  Dr Tim is involved with Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers and their work will also be discussed during the evening.

If you’d like to go then please register your interest at godisstranger.eventbrite.com

The following week, on the 26th, Elaine Storkey is discussing Gender based violence – I’m hoping to get along to this talk as well.  Maybe I’ll see you there?

Abba, Father. The cry out of a nightmare

These haunting images of Aylan, a young Syrian refugee have been appearing everywhere on Facebook and in the media.

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They sum up every mother’s worst nightmare and they wrench at my heart; we are living through a nightmare.  This was Aylan’s nightmare as he drowned, and it is my nightmare as I feel powerless to help and assist.  I can only cry out to God.

These words by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams are all I can pray today:

The Cry to God as ‘Father’ in the New Testament

is not a calm acknowledgement of a universal truth about

God’s abstract fatherhood.

It is the Child’s cry out of a nightmare.

It is the cry of outrage, fear, shrinking away,

when faced with the horror of the ‘world’,

yet not simply or exclusively protest, but trust as well.

‘Abba Father’

all things are possible to thee….

Night of Power

It is nearly the end of Ramadan, and tonight is the night of power when Muslims seek and expect Allah to speak to them.  I am in so much admiration of my Muslim friends who have fasted both food and water between the hours of sunrise and sunset this past month – each day must be like doing a marathon and they tell me the fast gets harder everyday – my close friend says she aches for it to be over.  The dates of Ramadan change every year, but this time must surely have been one of the most difficult to go without food and water – the days in June and July are longest and hottest.

My prayer for all my Muslims friends is that tonight, during the night of power, they would find assurance of the salvation that they seek.  I pray that God would meet them in their dreams and show them that he has given them the free gift of salvation through grace that can not be earned – we all fall short.

Maybe these films will be of interest, they are in Pashto

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSJKkRUTJxAsliw-vqpka7w