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ACTS Seminaries chapel – 24 March 2015

Location: Fosmark Centre at Trinity Western Seminary
Date: Tuesday, 24 March, 2015

Worship music opened up the morning chapel and set the mood so naturally as I was invited by Jeffrey Chan to share about serving in Kingdom missional work. A four-letter word that has been cropping up so much lately, LOVE, has been the thread to all that work – in our own workplace, our community, on the streets.

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We all have conditions surrounding love; for example, we hope that the individuals we meet on the street will change over time. However, we must operate as God does, by loving each other unconditionally. This is the core of our mission statement at NightShift. We go out into our communities and put a lovin’ on people – we meet them where they are – and it may look like a bowl of soup or a blanket that we’re handing out, but it’s so much more. We meet the people we must love, we must be the change, one step at a time. If each of us does a little, together we can shift a little more.

2015 Mar 24 ACTS Seminaries_praying_IRGACTS Seminaries is a consortium of five seminaries (Canadian Baptist, Canadian Pentecostal, Northwest Baptist, Mennonite Brethren Biblical and Trinity Western Seminary) and the chapels are an opportunity for local or international Christian leaders to share with students, staff and faculty, what God is doing in and through their lives and their ministry.

Photos courtesy Ingrid Roeske-Good

The tug of loneliness

What a blessing. A ‘sleep over’ weekend with my two precious grand babies!  My heart grew larger from the abundance of their love.

grand babies“I never knew how much Love my heart could hold,
’til someone called me Nana.”

But today, I’m feeling empty with a deep longing for more ‘hugs and I love yous’. I don’t like this feeling. It’s called loneliness. It makes me vulnerable. I run from it. Get distracted. I wander aimlessly without purpose or direction.

It helps to write.

Many years ago, someone suggested ‘loneliness’ was simply God whispering in my ear to draw me closer to him.  What a beautiful visual!

As I roll out of bed this morning, my eyes rest on this image:

Be Still“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

So I’m still today. Just as my heart grows larger from the love flowing from my grandsons’ hearts, so it grows deeper in the knowledge of God’s love for me when I get alone with Him.

There is a difference in being alone and being alone with God. Being in the Holy presence of Papa, wipes away my tears and shifts my aching heart for human love to the Divine. I am Loved.