Sunday, 28 June 2020

June's Prayer To The God Of My Life- El Olam

Ending the month of June with a little verse- A Prayer To The God Of My Life. With so much uncertainty and chaos in the world it encourages my heart to think about the unchanging nature of God, my Everlasting Father. Praises to El Olam!

Saturday, 27 June 2020

I Am Yours

One rainy Saturday afternoon in June 2020 I was feeling rather sluggish and demotivated so decided to watch the first episode of the series called “The Chosen.” Directed and co-written by American filmmaker Dallas Jenkins, the series is a portrayal of the ministry of Jesus Christ and I’d heard many positive comments about the programme.

The first episode focuses heavily on the character of Mary Magdalene, known as “Lilith” in the red district where she works as a prostitute. Her use of the name “Lilith” doesn’t appear in the Bible of course but perhaps it can come under the banner of “Artistic Licence” to serve the purposes of the show and the later revelation of who she really is.

Whatever the writer’s reason was for this choice, the character of Mary has gone through many horrendous tragedies in her life and is tormented by the presence of several demons living within her. Her story is one of great despair, pain, sadness and suffering so when Jesus makes His first appearance in the programme and comes to her in the last scene of the episode, it’s an extremely moving moment indeed.

Shaken by the presence of Jesus and unknowing of who He is, Mary makes a hasty departure and tries to get away from Him. As the scene unfolds we see a very distressed Mary walking away as Jesus gently but determinedly pursues her. Probably being well used to men pursuing her, Mary tells Jesus to leave her alone. This is the moment we hear Jesus call out to her but He doesn’t use the name “Lilith” which she is known by in the town. Instead Jesus uses her real name and calls out, “Mary! Mary of Magdala.”

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Hope In The Lord

During the particularly troublesome summer of 2020 I found myself being taken to Psalm 42 several times. I felt that the whole chapter was very poignant throughout this time of so much global unrest but verses 5 and 11 seemed to resonate with me in particular. Verse 5 is repeated for the most part in verse 11 which reads,

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

As I sat meditating on Psalm 42 one afternoon, I soon found myself feeling inspired to write my poem “Hope In The Lord.” When troubles of the world get me bogged down I always find it so uplifting to focus on Jesus. Hope placed in Him is well placed hope indeed. As Jesus’s words remind us in John 16:33,

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

The Names Of God- El Olam

Each month throughout 2020 I'm posting a little rhyming couplet that looks at one or two of the names of God and their meanings. My hope is that they can be an easy way to help memorise just some of the many different names of God! The name for the month of June is El Olam.

Monday, 1 June 2020

Poetry Prayer For June

I've been so very grateful for the friendships the Lord has blessed me with, especially during this time of isolation. FaceTime catch ups and zoom meetings with friends have been so wonderfully refreshing and I look forward to the day we can meet face to face again. Thank You Lord for my friends!