Stepping Heavenward


The Bond Between Brothers and Sisters In The Lord!

Isn't amazing the bond that Christians have with one another? I have been thinking about it quite a lot over the last few weeks, particularly since the United Beach Missions are down again holding Christian games and activities on the beaches for children.

Each Sunday the team come to church and we meet them for the first time and immediatly there is a special bond. With non Christians it's not always so easy to get know one another and feel comfortable right away.

I met Catherine last week when my friend Vlora and I were with the team doing an open air meeting. We have since met two more times and have parted with hugs and phone numbers and email addresses - vowing to keep in touch.

Dean was down from the North again and even after two years he remembered Vlora and I and I had to think of all the mad fun we all had on that team the last time we met.

On the way home in the car Paul chatted about a hundred topics in fifteen minutes in his Northern Ireland accent...which we all think is great and try to imitate, but sometimes don't understand! :)

Isn't it amazing how God unites all of us...we may not know each other well, but we are brothers and sisters in God! No matter what our past, who we are, where we're from...we have a common link right from the word go!


And I can't even begin to imagine what Heaven will be like when we are ALL together! No longer will we have to rely on that occasional visit, that text message and email or looking longingly at the photo...we'll all be together and with the One who unites us!


A bad Jonah month...

Have you ever had a 'Jonah Day'? Days when things are bleak, uninteresting, depressing and seem to stretch on forever and ever? I get them often. Actually,this last MONTH has been pretty dreadful. It's dragged by at a madening slow rate and it's been hard to get through and stay floating. It seems like everything has hit me at waves of homesickness, longing to see Ben, Shae, Margaret and everybody else in Australia...and the fact that most of my closest friends all live over seas in different countries hasn't helped these despondent feelings.

An alarming number of friends I do have here in Waterford are moving away (could it be because of me?!? *grin*) And to make matters even worse, I haven't been normal with the beautiful friends God has blessed me with. I have been distant from them, jealous of them for various reasons and a little cold towards them.

What on earth is wrong with me?

My lessons are getting increasingly hard-I can't write fractions in print let alone Braille...
I am bored... I've been a perfect grump...


Things seem to build up and threaten to spill over...but I have realised that just before everything floods over and threatens to overwhelm me God reaches out and touches me gently on the shoulder. "Cel, I know it's hard. I understand all your pain and hurt. But I am here for you. Always."

Hebrews 4:15,16 tells us that we have God who can sympathize with our weakness and pain. After all, He left all the glory of Heaven to come down here to earth and become a man-for US! Since He became human (yet still God as well!) He experianced pain and grief and hurt just as we do. That's how His love is so real.

When I talk to God about all these problems the pain doesn't magically disapear. Life doesn't become a bed of roses...but I can feel God and I trust Him to help me cope with whatever is thrown at me.

I'm hoping that the Jonah days/weeks/month is about over. I'm trying to see the silver lining on the edge of the cloud. But in the mean time I'll package up my Jonah days and send them air mail to God.