Love Does Not Condemn

At daybreak, Jesus appeared again in the Temple. He had taken his seat and was engaged in teaching, when the scribes and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught committing adultery.

Making her stand in the middle, they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. In the law, Moses has laid down that such women are to be stoned. What do you say about it?’

Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they continued to press their question he sat up straight and said,’ Let which of you is free from sin throw the first stone.’

Then once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard what he said, one by one they went away, the eldest first; and Jesus was left alone, with the woman still standing there.

Jesus again sat up and said to the woman,’ Where are they? Has no one condemned you?’

She answered,’ No one, Sir.’

‘ Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus said.’ Go; And do not sin again.’

(John 8: 2-11)

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With many Peaceful Blessings

Geoffrey

The Soul Belongs To God

Then Jesus told them a parable:

‘There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, “what am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.”

‘Then he said, “This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, and have a good time.”

‘But God said to him, “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?”

‘So it is when someone stores up treasure for himself instead of becoming rich in the sight of God.’

Luke 12:16-21

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

This is the Way that God works

Susie was what you might call a typical teenager. She liked chatting to her mother, often in the kitchen, usually when she’d had a less than successful day. One time, everything seemed to have gone wrong. She had had an argument with her best friend, forgotten to do her homework, and missed the bus home.

Her mother, busy baking a cake, listen carefully to the tale of woe.

“Here, try some of this,” she said, handing her daughter a bowl of beaten eggs.

“No, thanks,” Susie replied.

“Well, what about some of this?” And she handed her daughter a tub of margarine. “Or how about some baking soda?”

She smiled at her daughter’s expression. “A lot of things don’t seem very good on their own,” she said, “but put together, you find that they turn out all right.

That’s the way God works, too. We don’t know why He allows some things to happen, but if we let him He can bring them all together and turn them into something special.

We just have to trust Him.”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the bridge to love, peace, happiness and well being.

It allows us to say good-bye to guilt, blame and shame. It purifies the heart and soul and puts us in touch with all that is sacred.
Through forgiveness, we connect with that which is greater than ourselves and become the person God intended us to be.

The key to forgiveness is the willingness to make the effort. How long it takes depends on your belief system.

If you think it can’t be done, it won’t happen. If you believe it will take years, that will be your experience.
But if you are willing to believe that it can be done in an instant, that is all it will take.

The Stepping Stones to Forgiveness:-

1. Be open to the possibility of changing your beliefs about forgiveness.

Recognize that forgiveness is an act of strength, not weakness.

2. Be willing to let go of being a victim. Choose to believe that holding on to grievances and unforgiving thoughts is choosing to suffer. Find no value in self-pity.
3. Remind yourself that your anger and judgments can’t change the past or punish someone else, but they can hurt you.

The events of the past cannot hurt you now, but your thoughts about the past can cause you immense distress and pain. Recognize that any emotional pain you feel this moment is caused only by your own thoughts.
4. See the value of giving up, not some, but all of your judgments. It is no coincidence that the happiest people are those who choose not to judge and know the value of forgiveness.

5. Recognize that holding on to anger will not bring you what your truly want.

Ask yourself this question, “Does holding on to my justified anger really bring me peace of mind?” Anger and peace; judgment and happiness do not occur at the same time.

6. See that there is no value in punishing yourself. Once you truly recognize that your angry, unhappy thoughts about the past are
poisoning your life, you will embrace forgiveness and know the meaning of love.

7. Believe that forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past! Accept your past, forgive your past, and embrace the present and future with hope! There is no law forcing you to remain a victim of the past.

8. Choose to be happy rather than right. When we stop trying to control others and focus instead on our own thoughts, we give ourselves the
gift of freedom and peace.
9. Believe that you have the power to choose the thoughts you put into your mind.

Perhaps the greatest gift we have been given is the power to choose loving thoughts rather than angry ones.

Your mind is not a dumpster that will remain unaffected by the trash you put into it.

Treat it like a garden and it will blossom.
With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

If I Knew

If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute to stop and say “I love you,”
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I’m sure you’ll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there’s always tomorrow to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance to make everything just right.
With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Touch of the Master’s Hand

It was battered and scarred and the auctioneer thought it was scarcely worth his while,
To waste much time with the old violin, so he held it up with a smile.

“What am I bid, good people” said he, “who’ll start the bidding for me?
A guinea, a guinea, now two, only two, two guineas and who’ll make it three?
Three guineas once, three guineas twice but from the room far back, a grey haired man came forward while stooping low,
He looked at the man on the auctioneer’s stand and bowed as he picked up the bow.

The man wiped the dust from the old violin, then tightening up its strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet, as a laughing angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer, in a voice that was quite low:
“What am I bid for the old violin?” and he held it up with its bow.

“A thousand guineas and who’ll make it two, that’s two and who’ll make it three?
Three thousand once, three thousand twice, and going and gone,” said he.

Then the people stared and demanded to speak: “We still do not quite understand,
3,000 guineas is too much to pay, for the touch of a master’s hand.”

It’s the same for a man with his life out of tune, who’s battered and torn with sin,
He’s auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin.

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine, a game and he travels on,
He’s going once, he’s going twice, he’s going and almost gone.

But the master comes and the foolish crowd, can never quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought, By The Touch Of The Master’s Hand.
With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Message from a Young Dog

My life is likely to last ten to fifteen years.

Any separation from you will be very painful. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

Place your trust in me. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as a punishment: I have only you.

Talk to me: even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand the thoughts that are in them.

No matter how you treat me, I will only remember what was good.

Before you scold me for being lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.

Perhaps I’m not getting the right food or I’ve been out in the sun or in the cold for too long.

When I am old, maybe I will be getting weaker than you might expect me to.

And when the time comes, be with me when I go on that last most difficult journey of all: for everything will be easier for me if you are there: try to understand that I only came to earth to be with you and to love you

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Lord’s Prayer

Many of us say the Lord’s Prayer, especially when we go to Church on a Sunday.

But, how many of us, I wonder, repeat this powerful prayer in an almost robotic fashion?

Do we ever think about the words which we are repeating out loud?

Our Father

Thus the great and powerful prayer begins. This simple, yet tremendous, greeting establishes instantly, without any question or doubt, who is praying and to whom the prayer is addressed.

Which art in heaven

This tells us where the God ‘lives’ to whom our prayer is addressed.

Jesus said clearly that the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, was not in this mountain or that temple, but “within you.” In other words, we don’t have to run after it physically. And where we pray doesn’t matter a great deal as long as we worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

Hallowed be Thy name

It is God we honour. We are not praying to impress men, nor do we put our trust in material things or in persons. We are observing the first commandment given by God to Moses: “Thou shall have no other gods before me.”

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

This tells us to stop giving orders or making selfish requests and ask simply that as in Heaven, so on earth, the Kingdom of God be manifest in our life. By surrendering, we place ourselves completely under His grace, and we bring the entire world, all sick and suffering humanity, into the care of a loving Father who alone knows how to achieve a harmonious kingdom.

Give us this day our daily bread

As to the when of our prayers, we accept the fact that today, this minute, is all that we  have to be concerned about.

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not arrived; and when it does, it will be now. The release from tension and anxiety is tremendous when we stop worrying about yesterday or tomorrow.

We must focus on today, and pray today, as our actual moment of contact with God.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

We must also ask forgiveness and receive freedom from all sense of guilt. But we shall not obtain our own release until we have forgiven people who have done us wrong.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

We seek to renounce all that is not of God. We say – and mean – that we wish to walk in His way, and to sin no more. What we are praying for is true peace of mind, and serenity of soul.

We are also asking God to protect us from the evil one (Satan).

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever, and ever. Amen

Why do we pray?

Because God is  in control of  everyone and everything, in all, through all.

All things are His and we are His.

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When you next say the Lord’s Prayer, please take time to think and understand of what you are praying.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Nathan Rebukes David

I have just been reading Samuel 12: 1-12.

This story about David from the Bible has a very important message for everyone today.

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“So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story. ‘There were two men in a certain town.

One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought.

He raised that little lamb, and the lamb grew up with his children. It ate from  the man’s own plate and drank from his cup.

He carried it in his arms like a baby daughter.

One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”

David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”

Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdom of Israel and Judah.

And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.

Why then, have you despise the word of the Lord and done this terrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.

From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.’

“This is what the Lord says: ‘because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view.

You did it secretly, but I’ll make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

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Think about it and you will understand how this story is relevant in our own lives today.

Our society, sadly, has not moved on since those days of David!

 

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Two Angels

Two Angels, one was young, the second was ancient, stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. They were put down in the basement and asked to pay top rate.

While they got ready for bed, the older angel repaired a hole in the wall, looked at the young angel and remarked: “things are not always what they seem.”

The next night the two angels stopped at the home of the poorest family the young angel had ever seen but the elderly couple gave them their own bed and looked after them as if they were royalty: they also charged very little for what they gave.

In the morning the angels found the old lady crying, the cow had died during the night. The young angel immediately blamed the older angel for having let such a thing happen after all the hospitality they had received.

The older angel looked at him and said again: “things are not always what they seem: in the mansion I saw gold stored in that hole in the wall, so I hid it. Greed and gold are bad bed- fellows.

Last night the angel of death came for the old man’s wife. I made the best deal I could: I let him have the cow instead. Things are not always what they seem. We have enough gold between us to buy them another cow.”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey