Are you lost?
A grandfather was out walking with his grandson one day. "How far do you think we are from home?" he asked the grandson.
The boy said, "Grandpa, I don't know."
The grandfather asked, "Well, where are you?"
Again the boy said, "I don't know."
Then the grandfather chuckled and said, "Sounds to me as if you are lost."
The young boy looked up at his grandfather and said, "I can't be lost, I'm with you."
Ultimately that is the answer to all that worries or threatens us too. We are never lost; we are always safe- safe in the truest sense of the word when we are with God.
“Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because he wants to change your heart.”
Don and his daughter Jude (Judy when aged 7 and Don then a much younger father) sing a bedtime song. It's a time for reflection about fears, security and God's protection over all. This video was made to share with parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties, and perhaps it could be used to talk to children about their night time fears when going to sleep.
" Don't ask God to guide your footsteps, if you're not willing to move your feet."
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" Turn the despair of being alone into the wonder of being alone with God."
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Act 1 A story of Creation
Act 2 The Fall - Creation spoiled
Act 3 Israel- God shapes a people
Act 4 The story of Jesus - God sends his Son
Act 5 The story of the Early Church- Good News for all (> US)
Act 6 The story of the End Times - Creation completely restored
In today’s world we seem to be running faster than ever, trying to do it all and have it all, or at least avoiding being run down from behind. According to TIME magazine, we’re smack in the middle of a “time famine” and no one has any idea of when it will end. Who knows? Time may end first. Meanwhile, life seems set on “fast lane “and we don’t dare slow down.
We dash through life, and our daily routines seem to allow little or no time for God in our busy lives. I think actually that God is never left behind. In fact, He is far ahead of us. The only way we may ever catch up is to learn to slow down, live in the moment, and focus on the “one thing” that is truly necessary. That “one thing” is a quietness of our souls which Henri Nouwen calls “moving to the center, where all other things fall into place.”
Don Stott- 'Aussie' teacher, pastor and children's worker.