Dear Sacred Spaces reader

To whom it may concern,

I love words. I love reading. I love writing. I love expressing myself.

But…
You may have noticed… I have posted less over the last few weeks.
This ministry (it started as that) has gone on since Oct 2004. So thats roughly just over 12 years.

I’ve always prayed and hoped it would encourage a reader or two. And for that I’m grateful.

I had the idea of writing a post each week. I’ll try to stick to that… but if i don’t, please bare with me. I’ll write and post as something comes to me…

If that’s cool with you? Not sure why I’m asking permission? ūüėČ

The biggest compliment i got about these sacred spaces is that it’s like “church on the move.”
That has always made me smile.

Who knows one of these SS posts would land in your life at the right time.

One last thought. I’ve felt this for awhile now. Christianity has become a market place. There is always a new book out. The prices of bibles are friggen high.
There is always a new worship album.
Another popular preacher or podcast…
It’s got too noisy!

And even these Sacred Spaces could fall in the same “industry” …

Hence, the idea of “slowing down” in a sense. Not filling your feeds with clutter.

Words are powerful. But we must use them wisely. Less is (still) more.

Yours in finding sacred spaces,

Darrel.

PS. The God behind the market place of Christianity loves you. I hope that truth resonates deep within your soul. May it stir a warmth within you. Take heart friends.

Sacred Spaces 518 – Simplify

(Maybe this seems to be a requiring theme in my life for a reason. Maybe yours too?)

Less noise
Less things
Less Facebook status updates
Less phone apps
Less clutter
Less social media
Less gadgets
Less running from one appointment to another
Less online presence

More quality time with loved ones
More present
More reading
More perspective
More peace
More quiet
More focus on things that matter

This sign I saw two weeks back brought me to a halt.
Don’t clutter your soul with unnecessary things.

I couldn’t find a scripture at the time of writing this that links…but it doesn’t matter.

Please join me in Simplifying…

Sacred Spaces 517 – On wings…

The other day riding back from the shops I captured this shot:

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On seeing this awesome bird of prey, I thought of:

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Perhaps, someone needs to take heart from that message? Your strength can be renewed!

Then again, (this is a recurring theme in my life), do you not ever think: “We, get to share this planet, with such beautiful things like this bird!”

That draws me back, fills me with excitement and wonder. I have the privilege of living on God’s earth. And He places me in a garden teeming with life.

These sightings. Are reminders. We are not alone here on planet earth. And we need to tend the garden around us.  We need to open our eyes.  See God is near.

Just another in paradise…

…Yet, the residents (people) still keep hurting each other…) – Now that’s another post…

Sacred Spaces 516 – Mountain Reminders

We are blessed to see a mountain (The Hottentots Holland mountains, to be precise) every day here:

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This mountain reminds me to meet with God.
Like Moses did. He met God on a mountain.
Exodus 19 reminds us of that.  Once he met with God, he was changed:

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.”¬†(Exodus 34: 29)

This mountain reminder reminds me to meet with God.
How about you?
What “reminders” do you have in your life to remind you to connect with God?

And when we connect with Him. We’ll be changed… that’s the invitation.

(NEW APPROACH TO SACRED SPACES: With my love for Instagram – I am going to combine the two together. The “collaboration” of WordPress and Instagram. I like to capture “pics” that help me capture a moment or a lesson or a thought. So when I get that ‘shot’ I will share it with a brief SS post.)

Sacred Spaces 515 – Twenty Sixteen

Hi all, this is my last Sacred Space post for 2016.  (And from this side of South Africa too)

If I had to choose my favourite song of 2016; it would have to be The Window by THRICE

“All that I’ve known’s within the walls of this room where there’s a window
Roughly boarded up
It’s true the gaps are patched but even through the tiny cracks, I feel a wind blow
I see a light of strangest hue

And there’s nothing I can say
There’s no way I can prove
That there’s a place
Beyond this room
But still, there’s something in the way
The light comes shining through
And in the way
The curtains move”

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(Click on the image it will take you to the song too)

I preached on this scripture on the weekend:

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.  The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.  Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution
he will come to save¬†you.‚ÄĚ Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf¬†unstopped.¬† Then will the lame¬†leap like a deer, and the mute tongue¬†shout for joy.¬† Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams¬†in the desert.¬† The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground¬†bubbling springs. (Isaiah 35)

(It’s teeming with descriptive words that invite you in) ¬†May the encouragement and motivation you need for your relationship with God be found in these verses.

Your story is not done! ¬†Keep keeping on! ūüôā

I’ve enjoying capturing life via Instagram. ¬†380 posts ago was my first picture of 2016:

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(I think the traveling theme of the photo is fitting for our move down to the Cape.)

A new (ish) band for you to check out is¬†The Vocal Few¬†– I think this beautiful song for “those who don’t like Christmas music” is brilliant. ¬†Check it out. ¬†it will move you:

Lastly, I want to give a shout out to The Sanctuary Centre .  This is their slogan:

“join us on the journey to where world and worship meet”

They’re doing great things in their corner of the world. (And beyond) I love what they wrote about Christmas this year:

It’s been a good innings in Secunda but I am very excited for the new job at Pneumatix in Somerset West. The job is going to be great. It’s going to challenge me. Yet I have a very good feeling we will thrive down there. A new era is dawning…

But, if I had to state the most exciting thing for me, about next year; is to be able to go to church with my wife, not as a “staff member” – but to just be. To sit in the background. Unknown, unnoticed. Sounds like bliss! For the first time in 16 years, I won’t be working for the year. The new season sounds so exciting!

Have a blessed and thoughtful Christmas!

See you in the new year!

Sacred Spaces 514 – Is God a fire or water??

Is God a fire to you? or is He a river?

Yesterday in church, I noticed how the songs we sung covered both themes. Water and Fire.

“O God, of burning cleansing flame… Send the fire again.”

“For it is with grace, that river flows… take us to the river.”

“Your love flows like a river”

Yesterday, the idea of God, being the living water resonated with me. It invited me in…

But some days, the whole “God is a consuming fire” drives me and invites me…

It got me thinking about the BIGNESS of God.

When we encounter God, He may be something to us, and not to another.

He may come as a
FRIEND
HEALER
PROVIDER
PROTECTOR

Scripture has many “descriptions” for God.
Scripture even speaks of God as a mother hen protecting her young.

Who is God to you today? This week?

What I thought… these descriptions are great for us to understand God… but all these descriptions, these names we have for Him – cannot contain Him.

Even calling God “Him” – is too limiting.

But the one thing I know for sure… is…

God is.

And that… my friends, cannot be ignored.

In light of this post’s title I include these two images:

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(Our God is a consuming fire.  Could that passion (fire) be in us?  Hebrews 12: 29 reminds us of that.)

Click on the image. ¬†It takes you to a great song! ūüôā

And then image of a quiet river:

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(Click on image.  Will take you to a real great blog.  The blog owner was a minister of mine when I grew up.  He has inspired me ever since.  Thank you Don!)