Fallen from Grace

[Written January 9, 2010; posted posthumously by Gillian Fritzsche.] I saw a movie, more than a few years ago now, entitled The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, based on the novel written by Yukio Mishima. It was the chilling tale of a sailor, played by Kris Kristofferson, who falls in love with … More Fallen from Grace

Parched Patch

[Written July 12, 2010; posted posthumously by Gillian Fritzsche.] It’s raining today. All day. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that on Saturday my husband and I pruned back to nothing the bush that blocked the sprinkler head that should have been watering our parched lawn. And nothing to do with … More Parched Patch

Forgotten Rest

Updated. First posted on November 20, 2009 at 9:47 AM It is possible that I have never lived through a time when rest seemed in such short supply. There have always been troubled times on earth, and there is no question that people have lived, and are living this moment, through worse than you and … More Forgotten Rest

Favour

Have you ever needed a favour from someone and wished you had done more for that person so that now you would be in a better position to ask? Have you ever asked for favour from God and wished the same thing? The Old Testament indicates that the favour of God is earned somehow. In … More Favour

Luke 24: A New Chapter

Does it feel both odd and appropriate that we should be reading this chapter on Christmas Eve? Odd, perhaps, in the midst of our preparations for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, but wonderful that, at the same time, we can rejoice in his victory over death. After this journey we have been on with Jesus … More Luke 24: A New Chapter

Luke 22: The Beginning

We are at the beginning of the end of Jesus ministry on earth. It is the turning point of history and of the relationship between God and Man, and a fulfillment, of sorts, of Simeon’s prayer of praise in the temple so long ago. There is so much here—what makes for greatness, the foretelling of … More Luke 22: The Beginning

Luke 19: The Seeker

We get closer to Bethlehem as Christmas Day draws near, and Jesus is getting closer to Jerusalem. In reading through today’s chapter, we can see some of what is on his heart and mind. As he passes through Jericho, Jesus looks up at a man sitting on a branch of a sycamore tree, obviously watching … More Luke 19: The Seeker

Luke 15: Priceless

There’s something about the red words that draws me in—and this chapter is all in red. It’s Jesus talking. All red, that is, except for the usual prelude setting the scene, telling us the actors. Telling us who is listening and learning, and who is listening but not learning a thing. The tax collectors and … More Luke 15: Priceless

Luke 5: The Beginning

This chapter starts with the heading “The Calling of the First Disciples”. Until now, Jesus traveled and ministered alone (which, oddly, I hadn’t noticed before today). Some of the men he eventually called might have been in the crowds that were constantly searching him out “to hear the word of God”. Certainly, living in or … More Luke 5: The Beginning

Am I Enough?

Have you ever wondered, “Seriously, what’s my problem?” At some time, for some reason, maybe you have questioned why you act or react in a certain way, and do it over and over again. Or maybe you have wondered where your joy went, or your passion, and why it left. You used to be much … More Am I Enough?

The Remedy

This week is Passion Week. Many this week will follow Jesus in the scriptures, on his path to Golgotha. Feeling Judas’ betrayal. Hearing the screaming mob. Watching the judging, the beating, the scattered friends and disciples, the suicide of the betrayer. Witnessing the tears of the fearful friend. How shocking it was to those who … More The Remedy