All posts tagged: weakness

Sorry, No Inspiring Words For You Here Today

I am a husk. Empty of imaginings, hollowed of epiphany. I don’t have any words for you. Whatever inspiration once resident between the ears took leave when this family started barking like dogs and ripping tissues from the box with abandon. The van Ryn household is in lockdown, quarantined by the common cold. Motivation has leeched from me, energy sapped, and it’s been effort enough to keep the kids from starvation, let alone write something erudite for publication. Gah, erudite; I didn’t mean that to sound so hoity toity. Give me coffee! Thankfully, there’s been sun. Everything is about 25 per cent better when the sun is shining. Fact. Even sickness is that much more tolerable when the sun’s out. So, this morning I sat on the deck in full sunstream with the pages of my Bible rustling as I asked God to plonk something ‘erudite’ into my head. Through a labyrinthine process of looking up this passage, researching that concept and following another train of thought, Paul’s monologue in 2 Corinthians, chapters 11 and 12 found lodging where …

Good News for Weaklings

There’s a fine line between recklessness and courage. Often the defining factor is whether the mission succeeds. When it does, we get our hero, our courageous trailblazer. When it doesn’t, the action might still be called courageous but the consequences linked to the risk are a hard burden. And sometimes we call such people reckless. I wondered if Jonathan was reckless or courageous when I read of his attack on the Philistines. Within the context of a war pitted against Jonathan’s side, the Israelites, we read in the Bible of his fearless conquest. “One day Jonathan son of Saul said to the young man bearing his armour, “come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.” (1 Samuel 14:1) This verse fails to mention that his father was actually the king. So Jonathon, all cocksure and brimming with youthful enthusiasm, hiked to the Philistines’ outpost with his armour-bearer bringing up the rear. However fierce a warrior Jonathon was, I couldn’t imagine the two presented a quake-in-your-boots picture. After …

Turning Weakness on its Head

In my (admittedly Gen Y) lifetime, I have never seen Tassie brought so low. A crumbling economy is seeing businesses calling the administrators in domino effect. One after the other after the other… I’m seeing families, their hearts stretched across Bass Strait as He is forced to take work interstate and She stays behind to look after the kids and the home. Once every six weeks they grip each other tightly and wish it could be different. There are men who have worked one job for decades, who have one skill practiced to perfection. These men have been turned out and told to learn a new skill, to pick up what work they can elsewhere. Dignity and pride have taken a beating. Depression and despair are pervading. I see a government floundering under the burden of such a dire economic scene and its response is to deflect attention to social reform. Get the people hot-tempered about gay marriage, euthanasia and surrogacy so that they forget the chilly climate of need in our state.  Particularly chilly for …