by Claire Vorster on June 26, 2014

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662), French mathematician, physicist, inventor and Christian philosopher

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We like what we see,
Advertising works on us,
TV, clothes, cars, homes.

We do not like what we cannot see,
This makes us tense.

We like
Ritual, tradition, the same again,
steps leading round and round
inside our city walls.

Safe limits.

Things not seen
Confound our plans,
Our logic,
Our hard-won knowledge.
Things we do not understand
Perplex us,
Frustrate us,
so we shrink back.

Safer limited, we nod.

We like
1) Things that exist
Firm, solid and reliable.
2) Things that are visible
Easier to control or modify to taste.
the Status Quo and
My Way.

We don’t like
uncharted territory,
one step at a time,
or a bridge too far.

But faith is not what we see,
It is
the evidence of things unseen,
ways unknown and paths untried.
inside out and outside in,
upside down and downside up.
Perplexing, frustrating,
Things that cannot be
that come to be.

Why build a boat
if there is no water?
Why leave your Palace
for the desert?
Can a barren woman
give birth to a nation?
Can one man sacrifice
His life for all?

Believe that He did
and He is,

He believes in you.




by Claire Vorster on June 10, 2014

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” Maya Angelou


We Do Not Belong

We do not belong to those given up,
Who hold their breath and hope,
Those who are trying it for size.
Who look in the mirror, think of a magazine cover,
And hate the wrong thing.

We do not belong to those who want more,
But rather those who reach for less,
Less naked ambition, less ignorance or us and them,
Less of the easy prize and, instead, more of the cost.

We do not belong to the quick reward,
The uneasy pay check, the half hearted OK,
Even less the complete sell out,
The Whatever It Takes.

Because things matter, He matters, we matter,
And if we give up and give in, what then?

Everything grey,
Neither one thing or another?
Light is never diminished,
Except when obstacles make shadows.

I don’t want to belong to the shadows,
Do you?

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.” Ephesians 2v19, NIV

He believes in you.


The Rise And Fall

May 21, 2014

“…the rush of love and the surge of grief, the respite of peace and then fear again, the heart that beats and then lies still, the rise and fall and rise and fall of it all, the incoming and the outgoing, the infinite procession of life. And the ocean wraps the earth, a reminder. The […]

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A Life Or Death Kind Of Job

May 12, 2014

“The water carrier inflated his buffalo-skin water bag and plunged bravely into the river. He swam to the Emperor, holding out the water bag, and begged the Emperor to cling to it so that he could float across the river to safety. Both men held the bag and the water carrier protected the wounded Emperor […]

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Diving For Pearls

May 5, 2014

“With all the will in the world, Diving for dear life, When we could be diving for pearls.” from Shipbuilding by Elvis Costello We cannot see the wind, but we know of its work and its power. The wind can revive any stumbling, stifling day, it can carve its will onto a rock face and […]

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Seek, Desire, Find, Love

April 15, 2014

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” Chief Seattle, Native American, 1854 Wild animals do not show up on cue. They do not keep time by the minute, neither […]

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Out of the Ordinary

March 10, 2014

 ”We can’t fall any further, If we can’t feel ordinary love, And we cannot reach any higher, If we can’t deal with ordinary love.” from Ordinary Love by U2 Ordinary love. How can love be ordinary? Surely love is felt deeply, passionately, all fizz and flutter. Love normally inspires lofty reach-for-the-sky lyrics doesn’t it? “Your […]

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When All Shall Be Well

February 25, 2014

“No matter what happens, no matter how many times you fail, all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.” 66 Love Letters by Dr. Larry Crabb It’s not all well now is it? I’m sure some things are OK for you and for those you love, as they are for this […]

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When Life Is No Bed of Roses

February 10, 2014

“It’s completely natural when something goes wrong, when you fail life or life fails you, to want to know what to do rather than how to think. You scramble, you churn, you try to come up with some plan of action that will control the damage, relieve the discomfort, and restore some level of personal […]

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Consider All

January 14, 2014

“I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77 v12, NIV Yet Will I Praise You Lord When all time stands still, When the wind blows ill, When the rains dry up and fail, When no end is near, When no one can hear, yet will I praise You […]

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